June 5, 2014

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edTPA task force topic of NYSUT teacher prep panel meeting

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VPA Jamie Dangler, right, makes a point at the NYSUT Teacher/School Leader Preparation Workgroup meeting as NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino listens.

Workgroup members came together June 5 to discuss union participation in a new task force established by the Board of Regents to review the state’s use of the educative Teacher Performance Assessment.

Nearly 20 teacher educators from SUNY and CUNY colleges across the state joined union leaders from UUP, NYSUT and the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY at NYSUT’s Latham headquarters.

The state Board of Regents created the task force April 29 in a resolution that set up a safety net for students who fail the edTPA. 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 edTPA/ATS-W is one of four exams future teachers must currently pass to become certified in New York. The Regents’ safety net ends June 30, 2015.

The Regents task force will include representatives from UUP, PSC, P-12, SUNY, CUNY, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Teacher Education Advisory Group.

Dangler, Fortino, and PSC First Vice President Steve London led the meeting. Several members of UUP’s Teacher Education Task Force, which includes academics and professionals involved in teacher preparation programs at SUNY campuses statewide, also attended.

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