Illinois legislative hearing on edTPA tomorrow. Send a witness slip. Say no.


An Illinois House committee has scheduled a hearing on edTPA for 10:30 tomorrow morning.

I have been writing on the problems with edTPA all through this past summer and into the Fall.

All the posts can be found here.

edTPA will become the way teachers in Illinois will be certified and licensed.

Rather than emphasizing the practicum  and student teaching component, those wishing to become teachers will be evaluated by an outside evaluator, one who never meets the student or cooperating teacher or who knows the classroom, the students, the community or the school. The certification will be based on a one-size-fits-all rubric and a video-tape. And it will cost $300 with the money going to the private for-profit education monopoly, Pearson.

This morning Jim Broadway writes:

All this for a job that’s never been paid comparably with private sector jobs demanding similar skill levels and imposing similar levels of responsibility, that now lacks the job-security component formerly enjoyed by those who survived a four-year probation period (tenure), a job whose once-comforting promise of economic security in retirement has been conspicuously eroded and remains in dire jeopardy today. Good luck with that.

This experiment has future findings of unintended consequences all over it.

Yet aside from that it is just plain bad practice.

As I pointed out in a recent article from Medill Reports:

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.

Neither the IEA nor the IFT have educated or mobilized members over this shift toward’s privatizing teacher licensure even though it impacts every future union member.

The Illinois House committee on PK-12 School Curriculum & Policies is scheduled to discuss “Illinois new teacher licensure assessment” at 10:30 Tuesday in Capitol Room  114. Click here for audio/video of the hearing.

You do not have to appear before the committee to be a witness.

Please fill out a witness slip.

Tim Furman  has provided a simple guide for providing testimony to a House committee and filing a witness slip. This short instructional video was about PARCC. But it is easy enough to follow if you have never filed a witness slip before. Just substitute edTPA for PARCC.

5 Replies to “Illinois legislative hearing on edTPA tomorrow. Send a witness slip. Say no.”

  1. I have two teaching licenses, one in IL and one out of state. I am currently teaching under my out of state license, but the state I teach in uses edTPA. It’s awful. I have had two student teachers who have had to reteach lessons, not because the students didn’t understand the material but because they didn’t get the footage that was needed according to the edTPA rubric. Due to the footage needing to match the lesson they are teaching, this re teaching is not for the better of the kids but to please this monopoly known as Pearson. I wish I was still an IL resident! I would vote NO and show up for the hearing.

  2. Fred –

    In terms of your IFT comments.

    This committee hearing is scheduled today because IFT worked quietly for many months with former Rep. Golar, Other reps, house staff, and the Higher Ed coalition challenging EdTPA, to bring EdTPA concerns to the fore.

    So your point is not on the mark.

    Please check with the leads of the Higher Ed Coalition opposing EdTPA.

    Thank you,


    Sent from my iPhone


    1. What I wrote: “Neither the IEA nor the IFT have educated or mobilized members over this shift toward’s privatizing teacher licensure even though it impacts every future union member.” My point is exactly on the mark. Note: John is a legislative director of the IFT.

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