The Assessment Year(s)


Understanding the Assessment

The assessment used for the Ohio Resident Educator Program is known as the Resident Educator Summative Assessment, or RESA. The assessment is summative in nature and consists of one Lesson Reflection that requires Resident Educators to demonstrate reflection and decision making of their instructional practices.

The assessment is administered by TeachForward, a partner in education for the state of Ohio. To learn more specific information regarding the assessment such as task details, scoring information, support and feedback, please visit the following links:

Preparing for the Assessment

Resident Educators taking the summative assessment have completed instructional and focused mentoring in the program. During this time, the Resident Educator received tailored support geared toward improving teacher reflection and decision making in classroom instruction. These skills help a Resident Educator prepare for the type of performance-based tasks they are expected to demonstrate on the RESA.

Taking the Assessment

Current Ohio Revised Code 3319.223 (as of 9/29/2015) states that Resident Educators who are eligible for participation in Ohio’s Resident Educator Program must take the assessment during their third year of the program. Resident Educators who have been granted prior teaching credit become eligible to take the assessment in their second year of the program, however, they may elect to wait until the third year to take it. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, local policies and procedures may permit Resident Educators in program year 2 to participate in the RESA upon consultation with their local Program Coordinator and Mentor.  Taking the assessment in year 2 allows teachers to complete the state-level program requirements in two years and leaves teaching and local activities for program years 3 and 4. 

Resident Educators who are not successful at passing the RESA are required to retake the RESA in the following year of the program if eligible.

Guidelines on Expiring Teacher Licenses Based on Unsuccessful RESA Attempts

Support during the Assessment Year(s)

During  year(s) in which Resident Educators are taking the assessment, they will be partnered with a facilitator. The facilitator works with the Resident Educator to assist them through the process of completing the assessment. For more details about the role of a facilitator, please visit the following:

  • For Facilitators
  • Facilitator Guidelines for Supporting RESA Candidates
  • RESA Facilitator Training
  • To access RESA Facilitator Training, please go to your Ohio Department of Education OH|ID account. Once you are signed into your OH|ID account, choose Learning Management System and click on ok for "navigating to an external application". This will bring you to the department's Learning Management System (LMS). You may then choose this course from the Course Catalog.

Last Modified: 6/17/2019 3:03:20 PM