For years those of us who care about our beloved teaching profession and quality teacher preparation have opposed the student teacher evaluation program called edTPA.
You can go back and search through my posts on edTPA to get the background if you are unfamiliar.
At its core edTPA hands over the student teaching experience to a private company, Pearson, and undermines the role of the actual classroom teacher mentor.
A key part of edTPA requires video taping teachers and students. The video is then sent for evaluation by some anonymous reviewer.
The video taping violates the privacy rights of students and it is an ineffective way to evaluate teaching skills and performance.
In Illinois SB 808 would end the edTPA requirement to videotape student teachers and students.
SB 808 has passed the Senate and now is before the House Education Committee.
Word has it that IEA’s position is in opposition to the bill and has been calling around to committee members and other House members lobbying against it.
It is a disgrace that the largest teacher union in Illinois would be in opposition to SB 808.
Every single IEA member I ever brought up edTPA with has expressed unsolicited opposition to it.
Schools have stopped taking student teachers because of the video responsibilities and shaky stewardship of student and student images.
Is the IEA leadership being bought off by Pearson?
Are IEA leaders aware that the state is experiencing a teacher shortage?
House Committee members are Sue Scherer, Fred Crespo, Thomas Morrison, Avery Bourne, Eva Dina Delgado, Anne Moeller, Delia Ramirez, and Joe Sosnowski.
You know what to do.