The leaders of four major education associations, including Sharon P. Robinson, explain why they support performance assessments, including edTPA, for beginning teachers in this Education Week Commentary. Such assessments, the piece notes, promote essential teaching skills … by ensuring that they are emphasized, measured, and supported.
Teaching quality is recognized as the most powerful school-based factor in student learning. This does not mean that all teachers have powerful effects on student learning, notes a recent blog posted by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The post goes on to point out that edTPA, which was developed by the field for the field to improve the preparation of new teachers, is one of several initiatives underway to meet this challenge. Read the blog here.
One of the nation’s leading education publications has written an extensive story about edTPA’s development and rollout, noting that “proponents believe it could launch new ways of defining and measuring teaching practices in ways that professions like medicine and nursing have used for decades.”
The publication Education Week outlined the details of the new edTPA performance standard in the story, and cites interviews with new teachers who went through the edTPA process who said that though the assessment was challenging, it was useful. Added Alyssa Thompson, a first-year biology teacher and graduate of Illinois State University: “edTPA is hard, but becoming a professional should be hard.”
A new article details the growing interest among states and teacher preparation programs in using performance-based assessments as a way to ensure that teachers are able to “translate book learning into effective instruction.” The most prominent of these assessments, the article notes, is edTPA.
Renee A. Middleton, Dean of the Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education at the University of Ohio, Athens, calls for statewide use of edTPA in this Columbus Dispatch op-ed : Read the op-ed here.
From Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Evelyn Perry — an administrator within the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University — first learned about a relatively new teacher assessment tool known as edTPA, her first reaction was, “This is a lot of work.”