Curmudgucation blog takes on edTPA today.

Curmudgucation blog takes on edTPA today. “Blogger and retired teacher Fred Klonsky has had many conversations and taken much flak for his comments about edTPA as it has sunk its fangs into Illinois, but he’s been right all along.” The Curmudgucation post starts by having a little fun wirth EdWeek’s Steven Sawchuk. And Sawchuk takes offense on […]

Chris Koch’s severance package and edTPA.

Chris Koch. 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 […]

My edTPA Twitter exchange.

In August I posted a lot about edTPA. edTPA is the teacher certification assessment and evaluation procedure developed out of Stanford and implemented by the private for-profit education monopoly, Pearson. While groups like Teach for America attempt to do away with any standards for teaching, edTPA and Pearson are the flip side of the same coin. […]

edTPA flies below the radar in Illinois. The privatization of teacher certification.

State Representative Will Guzzardi, Leslie Combs from Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky’s office and State Representative Laura Fine at our S.O.R.E. luncheon yesterday. Sandy Deines is a member of our Skokie Organization of Retired Educators, a chapter of the Illinois Education Association Retired. Yet Sandy has been most active in the Illinois Coalition for edTPA Rule Change. […]

Neither TFA nor edTPA. Becoming a teacher.

Thanks to Debbie Meier for posting this article, Great Teachers are Not Built Overnight by Vanessa Rodriguez. Teaching is not a skill that you either have or don’t have. It is not a skill that is stagnant, nor is it a skill that grows and approaches some maximum upper limit that everyone will reach eventually. […]

Buyer’s remorse. NEA and edTPA.

In our continuing discussion of the expansion of edTPA as a licensure process for teachers entering the profession, I reprinted the original supporting position of the National Education Association. The American Federation of Teachers position of opposition was also posted on this site. I then was blasted by a series of twittering academics for every imaginable […]