Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA)
The goal of BTSA is to support and mentor participating beginning teachers during the induction period of their professional development. BTSA is a statewide program aimed at nurturing and guiding newly credentialed teachers through their first few years of teaching. BTSA assumes that no matter our experience and strengths, we all want to continue improving our teaching and student performance over time. Based on nearly two decades of research, the BTSA program is organized around experiences teachers work on to improve their own practice and student performance.
Each BTSA Support Provider supports two beginning teachers through professional growth conferencing, visiting, and observing in the classroom, individualized coaching of teaching strategies and engaging in demonstration teaching. Through this integrated system of support and assessment, participating teachers are provided with an array of professional development opportunities to develop self-confidence and professional expertise.
Our BTSA program uses the Formative Assessment for California Teachers (FACT) system, a reflective assessment and support process designed to help you develop as teacher. In the FACT system, reflection is aimed at action. By using the information gathered with a support provider through the formative assessment process, beginning teachers will identify areas of strength and areas of study or focus. The purpose of formative assessment is to improve teaching as measured by each standard of the California Standards of the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and in relation to the state adopted academic content standards and performance levels for students. Formative assessment is an ongoing learning process that follows the cycle: plan, teach, reflect and apply. FACT is designed to assist in meeting the learning needs of students while helping beginning teachers grow as professionals and develop greater confidence.
California Commission on
California Content Standards
California State Department
Los Angeles County