Teacher Performance Assessment: Pilot Introduced into NY Schools This Fall

Within the community responsible for educating and training teachers, it’s widely understood that too little is done to help them learn to design and employ their own learning materials in a classroom setting. The Teacher Performance Assessment, a new instrument for evaluating teachers’ ability to do just this, was created with a Standard University team at the lead. It enters New York schools in a pilot this Fall for statewide adoption of the new standards in 2014. Other states have and are expected to adopt them as well. Something to watch. — Kelly Searsmith

See an earlier post on this effort (and its ties to big publishing) here.

To Earn Classroom Certification, More Teaching and Less Testing

by Al Baker / New York Times / 29 July 2012

New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.

Stanford Professor Raymond Pecheone

“It is very analogous to authentic assessments in other professions,”  said Raymond L. Pecheone, a Stanford professor who leads the center that developed the new standards.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the New York City teachers’ union, said he favored making licensing requirements tougher.

The change is an attempt to ensure that those who become teachers not only know education theories, but also can show the ability to lead classrooms and handle students of differing abilities and needs, often amid limited resources.

It is also a reaction to a criticism of some teachers’ colleges, which have been accused of minting diplomas but failing to prepare teachers for the kind of real-world experience where creativity and flexibility can be the keys to success.

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