A Call to Action on edTPA

A Call to Action on edTPA

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Emma Koss started this petition to Teachers and

We are future teachers of Connecticut writing a letter as to why edTPA should no longer be considered a valid assessment for teacher candidates and we are looking for those who share the same sentiment to add their signature. 

Those who aspire to be teachers in 18 states (Connecticut included) are required to pass the edTPA assessment. EdTPA is a performance based, subject specific assessment focused on planning, instruction and assessment. Teacher candidates need to create a portfolio of different materials from their time student teaching. This portfolio is graded by qualified scorers who are either a P-12 educator, or teacher preparation faculty.

The edTPA assessment costs $300 to take, which prevents many people from taking it. Most college students are working in order to pay for their education and they do not have extra money. Many students have also acquired a tremendous amount of financial debt throughout their college career.

In the event that one fails the edTPA, they are not given any reasons regarding why they received those marks and there is no way to reach out to obtain a reason. The teacher candidate is left guessing until they are able to retake the assessment.

Many education professors have noted they've felt like they needed to change their classes to edTPA prep, rather than focusing on developing a curriculum and their students as teachers.

This assessment is to be completed during the period where the teacher candidate is student teaching. Instead of soaking in their first, real classroom teaching experience, the candidate is worried about obtaining everything they need to complete the edTPA.

For the above reasons, we believe that edTPA should no longer be considered a valid assessment for teacher candidates. Thank you for taking the time read our petition. If you are inclined, please add your signature below and feel free to share.

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