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  •  The U Mass Newspaper, the Daily Collegian has (2+ / 0-)
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    more details and says there's a campaign to get here reinstated.

    •  I won't pretend to understand the "entire" (0+ / 0-)

      story behind this person's firing.  However, there could very well be another side to this story.  Generally, universities do not fire people willy nilly and are relatively tolerant of dissenting voices.

      However, if the edTPA is a requirement for license (by the state) or approved as part of the teacher education program, then it would be inappropriate for this person to allow an "opt out."  There are many pilot programs like this throughout country because teacher ed programs are working to scale the assessment.

      This newspaper columnist doesn't add any facts to what edTPA is....and misstates its role.

      Don't forget, many professions have professional standards and certification exams.

      •  Professional standards (4+ / 0-)

        and certification exams - yes. I totally agree with that. The problem is having your "teaching" evaluated remotely, completely out of context. I completely DISAGREE with that. I do not feel that this practice the "professional standards" for teacher evaluators.

        •  Have you seen the assessment? Have you done (0+ / 0-)

          any research on it beyond what is in this diary?

          The written "test" provides the context - it is much more than a simple 10 minute video.

          A few of my colleagues signed up as evaluators over the summer.  They did it to get a better feel for the process.  They are highly experienced teacher educators and have evaluated (in person) probably hundreds of student teachers.  They found the process reasonable (although concerned about workload) and it required multiple sources of evidence (from video, artifacts of student work, lesson plans, and written explanations from the candidate) for each rubric.

          Almost all professional certification exams are done out of context and by an external party.  At least this one is a performance assessment.  

          •  Thanks for the details (2+ / 0-)

            At UMASS (as probably everywhere) our evaluation materials included artifacts of student work, lesson plans, written reflections, etc. I agree that these are very important. I need to do more research on this new system. I was just wondering why it was decided that it was better to have someone outside evaluate teaching methods based on a video, than to have someone from the Institution granting the teaching degree/certification do the observing. The "old" system seemed to work fine, at least for me. I just need to do more research on this.

            •  I don't disagree with you. However, I also see (0+ / 0-)

              the benefit of an external assessment as one way to tell those outside of education to stfu.

              I do have plenty of concerns with edTPA, but Pearson isn't one of them.  edTPA is much better than Praxis (which we still have to use).

              I put myself in the neutral camp.  I see the benefit from a professionalization of the field argument.

      •  "Generally, universities do not fire people (3+ / 0-)
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        willy nilly and are relatively tolerant of dissenting voices."

        Really? I have a bridge to sell you, if that's what you think.

    •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      I will be sure to read more about this now that I know what has happened. Thanks for letting me know. I figured a lot of people would be upset by UMASS letting her go.

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