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April 29, 2014

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Regents approves edTPA changes


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An April 29 decision by the state Board of Regents changes the edTPA implementation plan by providing student teachers with a necessary safety net as the assessment is further developed.

UUP supports the Regents’ creation of a new task force to review and refine the edTPA. The task force, established by the Regents April 29, will be made up of teacher educators and teacher education experts from SUNY and the City University of New York (CUNY). Representatives from UUP, NYSUT, the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the State Education Department (SED), and Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE)—the edTPA’s developers—will be part of the task force.

The Regents also decided that edTPA scores will not be used in the state’s institutional profiles until the 2015-16 academic year.

“We approve of and support the Regents’ decision, which holds harmless student teachers in this year’s and next year’s graduating classes, as an effort is made to address problems with the edTPA,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “UUP looks forward to participating in that process, and we take that process very seriously.”

“The task force is an opportunity for SED to hear the voices of teacher educators at the ground level who are working with students,” said UUP Vice President for Academics Jamie Dangler. “Their experience is valuable and should be taken into account.”

Under the agreement, teacher candidates who do not pass the edTPA will be allowed to use a passing score on the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) to demonstrate readiness to enter the classroom as a teacher. The ATS-W is one of four exams future teachers must currently pass to become certified in New York. The Regents’ safety net extends to June 20, 2015.

“This agreement is good news for students in teacher education programs who aspire to work in New York classrooms,” said NYSUT President Karen Magee. “It provides a safety net that allows student-teachers to use the traditional ATS-W test to earn the initial certificate they need to enter the classroom and begin their teaching careers.”

Magee credited the collaborative efforts of NYSUT, UUP, PSC, SUNY, students, parents and lawmakers for the successful agreement.


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