What is evaluation?
The primary purpose of evaluation is to provide coaches and students with feedback that allows them to develop and improve their problem solving skills. GIPS, CmPS, and scenario writing are performance based. Because there is no single “right” answer, FPS employs a variety of strategies to review student work. Specific criteria evaluate performance in each step. Skill improvement remains the most important aspect of evaluation; however, FPS also involves competition. A secondary purpose of evaluation is to provide a fair and reliable method for comparing teams in a Future Problem Solving competition.
Who Can Evaluate?
Evaluators are trained volunteers with NYFPS who help our Evaluation Director and team provide evaluation for the program's competitive components through the school year.
Adult evaluators typically are former coaches, prospective coaches, and educators interested in the FPS process. They tend to have had some experience with FPS or wish to gain more experience with the program. Evaluating can be a good way to familiarize yourself with the program and remain connected with the NYFPS community.
High school FPS participants are encourage to be involved in the evaluation process since it can provide insight into ways to improve their own performance. Older students remain connected to the NYFPS community as they near graduation. High school sophomores through seniors can volunteer to evaluate Junior Division submissions after completion of their training.
FPS doesn't stop after high school. Graduating students can remain involved with the NYFPS community. Many alumni reflect on the fond memories of being in the program and wish to give back. Former FPSers from other states/countries who have moved to New York have also gotten involved as evaluators in the program. Help lend a hand in mentoring the next generation.
Empowering Our Evaluators
We provide constant training to our evaluators to ensure that they are familiar with the FPS evaluation process.
We are able to leverage the technology of an online submission system and evaluation program to allow our evaluators to be involved remotely for almost a decade. Training and cooperation between evaluators ensured the successful integration of online evaluation into NYFPS' process. NYFPS was the first affiliate to have alumni evaluators evaluate submissions while traveling abroad in Europe and Asia. This dedication of our evaluators is critical to the continuing success of the program, so we continue to step up integration of technology into our process to support them.
NYFPS evaluators are paving the way for utilization of state-of-the-art methods to evaluate and delivery of quality feedback.
Student Evaluator Award
High school Sophmores, Juniors, or Seniors (grades 10 - 12) who help evaluate at least three rounds of Junior Division GIPs will be recognized at the State Conference with the Student Evaluator Award. Students should apply below to register their interest at the beginning of the school year before the Practice Problem # 1 submission deadline. Training will be provided and student evaluators must pass before being assigned to evaluations. Volunteering as an Evaluator may also count towards some schools' community service requirements and students who are recognized with the Student Evaluator Award will receive a reference letter from our Evaluation Director upon request.
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