-Excerpt reprinted from Medill Reports: Want to be a teacher? There’s a new test you need to pass.
The recent report on edTPA evaluated results for around 18,000 teaching candidates from across the U.S. — and almost 80 percent of them were white.
The lack of teachers of color is especially apparent in Chicago, where only 23% and 19% of CPS teachers are black and Hispanic, respectively, according to the CPS website.
Klonsky, the retired teacher, said edTPA “bypasses the important relationship between the mentee and mentor” in that it puts more emphasis on the teaching candidates’ test portfolio and single videotaped class instruction, rather than on the dynamic between the student teacher and his or her mentor, who has seen them in action during their student teaching.
“EdTPA says that relationship doesn’t matter,” Klonsky said. “What matters is someone taking a video of you. You send that video to someone who doesn’t know you, doesn’t know the classroom, doesn’t know the kids, and doesn’t know the context.”
Klonsky also said the proponents of edTPA have a vested interest in the test.
“They’re hucksters. They’re selling a program,” Klonsky said.