All 20 of the Bethany College teacher education students that recently submitted their Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio earned a passing rate on their first attempt. This is the third year in a row that 100 percent of the Bethany students have passed on the first try of the KPTP, according to Professor Gail Konzem, chair of the Education Department at Bethany.
The KPTP is a 35 page document that all future teachers in the state of Kansas submit during their 16-week student teaching assignment. The document is a large project that includes developing a two-week unit for the classroom and in-depth analysis and significant reflection on the unit, according to Konzem.
“We really focus on reflective thinking in the teacher education courses at Bethany to help prepare the students for this project,” Konzem said. “It is a huge responsibility for the student as well as the cooperating classroom teacher. It’s a real assessment of all they have learned and put into practice.”
Of the passing scores this semester, two of Bethany students received perfect scores on their projects. Although it is not a piece of the Kansas teacher licensure, the KPTP must be completed prior to licensure, according to Konzem.