ISBE: Waive the edTPA for 2020 Teacher Candidates

ISBE: Waive the edTPA for 2020 Teacher Candidates

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Caroline Builta started this petition to Illinois State Board of Education and

COVID-19 has disrupted lives across the nation, including in Illinois. Students PreK-12 are no longer able to attend school, and may not be back for the remainder of the school year. All teacher candidates in the state of Illinois have been displaced, with some school districts already cancelled until April 30th, in order to stop the spread of the virus and protect the health of our citizens. 

As students in New York State noted in their (successful) petition to waive the edTPA, because we are not in a classroom, "student teachers are not able to complete edTPA, a performance-based assessment that takes intensive planning, immense justification, videotaping 3-5 lessons, and collecting student work samples. We are asking for State Education Departments to waive the edTPA requirement for Student Teachers for the 2019-2020 school year in order to gain certification upon graduation for states that use edTPA as part of the certification process. While State Education Departments could not control the outbreak of COVID-19, they can help alleviate some stress for these student teachers by taking the weight of edTPA off their shoulders. The chances of completing edTPA become limited once the field experience is over. This often prolongs job searches and prevents future teachers from receiving a paycheck."

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, we are asking that you either waive the edTPA or provide an alternate written examination for teacher candidates to receive their Professional Educator License due to the extenuating circumstances in which we find ourselves. This will allow qualified and capable teachers to be with students sooner rather than later, rather than postponing certification due to no fault of our own, and circumstances that no one could have foreseen. Thank you for reading, sharing, and signing.

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