Illinois is coming to grips with the fact that the edTPA makes their teacher shortage worse.  In an article appearing today, legislators are not waiting anymore – they want to eliminated the edTPA in Illinois.

From the article –

“Over the past several years, Thompson has encountered dozens of teaching candidates who have stopped pursuing their dream of teaching because of this hurdle.  “These are capable, competent teacher candidates who have been favorably evaluated by university professors and K-12 teachers,” Thompson said.  “Now they have to pay money to let someone they have never met watch a brief video to determine their entire future.”
About the bill –
“House Bill 4059 was introduced with the intention of removing this provision.  State Representatives Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville), and Chris Miller (R-Oakland) are all lead sponsors of the bill.  “I appreciate that they took the time to learn about the problem and are working to solve it,” Thompson said.”
We are meeting in Alabama about their teacher shortage and the first thing we hear is the edTPA in Alabama is creating issues there as well.  Texas is looking at edTPA under a “pilot” program.  I put the pilot in quotes because there are no study parameters – we are just piloting it for two years than implementing it.  Not good.  We need to look at these issues hard so we don’t end up like Alabama and Illinois.
A recent article clearly stated that edTPA should not be used for teacher certification  – interesting times in teacher certification.

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