NEA’s amazing statement on edTPA.


This is the National Education Association’s statement on edTPA from February, 2014:

Designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University.

  • Existing reward structures in higher education need to change – they continue to value publishing over working with educators in schools and districts.
  • All teachers should be “profession-ready” from the day they are responsible for student learning.
  • Profession-ready means a teaching candidate has: Had opportunities to develop and learn teaching and basic classroom management skills. Demonstrated the ability to plan and deliver instruction to students with different learning styles, and also to assess and support student learning. Worked with accomplished educators to understand the value of collaboration and reflection. Learned firsthand the importance of home-school connections.
  • Candidates who are placed in classrooms and expected to learn how to teach on the job are not profession-ready.
  • While teachers continue to learn and grow after entering the profession, no candidate should ever be called a “teacher” without demonstrating the ability to improve student learning.
  • edTPA has the potential to bridge teacher preparation and practice by dramatically changing the way pre-service candidates are prepared.
  • A subject-specific assessment of pedagogy available in 27 fields that became fully operational in September 2013, edTPA requires pre-service candidates to document and demonstrate that they can plan, teach, and assess major learning outcomes.
  • edTPA is scored by teacher educators and accomplished teachers with expertise in the subject matter or developmental level, as well as teaching and mentoring experience in the field.
  • Seven states have adopted policies that require all teacher candidates to complete or pass edTPA as a condition of licensure or program completion: Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Washington, and Wisconsin.
  • In other states, colleges and universities are voluntarily opting to use edTPA to review and adjust their preparation programs.

9 thoughts on “NEA’s amazing statement on edTPA.

  1. “edTPA is scored by teacher educators and accomplished teachers with expertise in the subject matter or developmental level, as well as teaching and mentoring experience in the field”: Really?

  2. This statement needs to be revised now. NEA needs to have the input from strong student educators, negatively impacted by this disaster. Where a no-bid contract was part of the implementation, there was probable unethical conduct. And who is ACTUALLY scoring these tests for Pearson? Heads up, NEA President Lilly…

    1. From Ravitch’s Blog: “Assessments will not be scored by teacher educators; they will be scored by temporary workers paid about $75 per exam. These scorers are not allowed to know the teacher candidates, nor are they to be affiliated with the community in which student teaching occurs. These conditions negate the importance of relationships in the development of teaching, preferring the pretense of objectivity over trust, authenticity, and cultural responsiveness.”

  3. It is time to stop supporting NEA. They obviously don’t have teachers’ best interest in mind. I was horrified by the difficult ropes a new teacher has to step over to get certified.

    Indiana is one of the states that has a teacher shortage. This is due to horrible working conditions, stress from more testing than Common Core and the difficulty of continuing to support a decent life style with no pay increases. All of that glory awaits teachers once they get certified.

    Why does anyone want to teach?

  4. This may have had good intentions initially but, like our teaching, we need to reassess after implementation to see what is working and what isn’t and make adjustments and continue an ongoing cycle of reassessment. Gladys Marquez from Region 28 spoke to this at last year’s NEA RA. She was quite passionate about it because her son had just gone through the process. Just another reason for young people to find a career other than education,

  5. The statement doesn’t need to be revised, the NEA needs to advocate for the removal of the edTPA. It is consequential for teacher candidates who are student teaching this semester. Still, not one of the partner schools my university works with over the past two years Ive been overseeing the clinical semester, were aware of the existence of this assessment. It’s a diversion from what the candidate should be focussing on during this semester. With the high stakes testing that all public school students are subjected to in place, young teachers are expected to not just be at the top of their game, but and the top of experienced teacher’s games when they do their student teaching. It’s an increasingly difficult task to place any candidate without a perfect GPA, despite the fact the research doesn’t support a correlation between a 4.0 and being an effective practitioner. If we really want to see better qualified candidates entering the profession, then we need to change the first year or two of teaching a paid internship, with Master teachers closely mentoring them. Licensure could be delayed until the end of that provisional period. The more a local school is invested int he success of the new teacher, I believe the higher will be the retention rate. Medical school students go through internships and residency before becoming licensed, so why not give our new teachers an opportunity to hone their craft, and fairly prove themselves as well. As it is, now we take young pre-service teachers and ask them to do what many teacher don’t do effectively until they are in the classroom for several years. In the meantime many P-12 students are losing out on passionate and dedicated young teachers.

    1. A couple of years of paid internship? A stipend? As it is, it often takes 5 years of college and student teaching before the new teacher ever earns a dime. It costs the student (and usually their parents also) a lot of money for tuition, books (and nowadays computers), room and board, and other miscellaneous fees just to attend college. Often they end up with tens of thousands of dollars of student loans. Add to this five years of money they could have earned during that time, and it is easily a couple hundred thousand or more. All this before dime one.
      What could a teacher expect in return? A paycheck adequate to live on, affordable health insurance, and an adequate pension. In Illinois, all three of these expectations have been severely reduced. Tier 2 pensions, reduced health coverage, and lower take-home pay are the norm.
      Some politicians say teachers earn an above average income for Illinois. They leave out the fact that while about 25% of Illinois workers have a 4-year college degree, 100% of teachers have at least a 4-year college degree. While teachers earn above average for all workers, teachers are at the low end of workers with 4-year degrees. Add to this SB7, (the “no job security for teachers bill), and a pension for new teachers WORSE the social security, what choice is there for students considering teaching? The choice is simple, “do not go into teaching”.

  6. It is fairly easy to research the people that actually developed the edTPA materials. Find out who they are and how long they were actually classroom teachers, etc. That is a great place to start. I have already done this, but if you want the information it is there for you . I dont think the portfolio is a horrible thing, but i dont think I need any outside entity telling me how to support student teachers. I feel sure that our teacher educators understand best practice .

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