I had done a number of posts this summer on this latest Pearson-run testing and privatizing craze that has come to public education. I got Twitter-bombed by those who developed and defend the program.
These people are like a cult.
The edTPA story continued this morning with the Chicago Tribune’s reveal that when former Illinois State Superintendent of schools left his job a few months ago, replaced by Rauner’s pick, Tony Smith, he got one hell of a severance package. So did a bunch of his people. Some of it was above board. Some of it was not so transparent.
Koch walked out the door in the spring with almost $207,000 in taxpayer dollars on top of his regular salary, state records show. He collected the severance plus $118,000 for 138.5 unused vacation days accumulated over the years — a perk that many private employees don’t get.
Several dozen other departing staffers got cash bonuses and payments for unused vacation, sick and personal days as the agency transitioned to a new leader to oversee Illinois public schools, the Tribune found. Those payouts, combined with Koch’s, added up to at least $500,000 at a time when many school districts were struggling with deficits.
And the total is likely higher because not all payouts have been transparent, including for two top ISBE administrators who left the agency in early September but have continued to collect regular paychecks, state comptroller records show.
While Koch was state superintendent he brought edTPA and Pearson to the teacher certification process in Illinois.
After his generous severance package from the good people of Illinois, Koch went to work for the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation, CAEP, which certifies teacher prep programs nationally.
That’s where he is now.
He is spreading the good news about edTPA.
In order to help ensure that every classroom in the nation has an effective teacher, a high profile Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting will develop rigorous accreditation standards for educator preparation that will raise the bar for preparation providers, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced today. CAEP is the new accrediting body being formed through the unification of two organizations charged with assuring quality in educator preparation—the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
The announcement adds:
Support in helping to underwrite the costs of the Commission is provided by Tk20, Inc., Pearson, and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Tk20, Inc. and ETS are providing support for Commission meetings, and Pearson is providing support for outreach.