Retired Chicago teacher Fred Klonsky featured an essay on his popular blog in August reporting that, under ISBE’s rule, “Pearson has become the gate-keeper for student teachers in Illinois.” Klonsky’s editorial position quickly become a call to “Stop the Pearson takeover of Illinois student teacher certification.”
The edTPA does not improve the process, Klonsky asserts, but it costs each applicant $300. It detracts from the student teaching process, raises privacy concerns, does not achieve what the state’s teacher accountability policy intends to do, and it “is a result of a no-bid contract by the ISBE with Pearson,” he alleges.
It was clear at last week’s hearing that the House committee had zero familiarity with edTPA, a policy with high impact that is already down the road. That can only lead to trouble for ISBE. That may be why the Board will vote today to add an “educator licensure initiative” to its 2016 legislative agenda.