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Pearson to become the gate-keeper for student teachers in Illinois.

Note: Sandra Deines, a member of the Skokie Organization of Retired Educators IEA Retired and a retired Park Ridge high school teacher, alerts Illinois teachers about new Pearson encroachment in Illinois. People who care about public education in the other 49 states should also be aware of edTPA.

By Sandra Deines

Starting this fall Pearson will be in the business of deciding who becomes a teacher in the state of Illinois.

The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted a rule that designates Pearson's edTPA as the means by which student teachers will be evaluated and granted certification.

As the fall semester begins, all student teachers in the state will be required to pay an extra $300 (on top of the tuition they are already paying) and arrange for videotaping so that they can submit a lengthy narrative that covers the planning, execution and evaluation of a series of lessons with one of their classes as well as a ten-minute video of themselves carrying out their lesson with a class.

Student teachers are required to get parent permission for their children to be video-taped.

Pearson owns the video.

Once submitted to Pearson, an "evaluator" will apply rubrics and 2-3 hours of their time to decide whether or not the student teacher "passes" and can be licensed to teach by the State of Illinois.

That's right--no longer will the evaluations of cooperating teachers, university field instructors and education professors determine the success of a student teacher.

Sounds like a nightmare?

Itâs not -- it's really happening! How can it be changed? The ISBE can be required to make a rule change that makes other means by which to evaluate student teachers available.

A coalition of teacher educators have formed the Coalition for edTPA Rule Change, which is working on all fronts-- state legislators, parent activist groups, educators -- to get a hearing on this matter before the Committee.

You can help the Coalition by contacting your state senators and representatives about edTPA and share with the parents (and grandparents) of school children that they can refuse to have them video-taped.

And as IEA-Retired members, we should demand that the IEA take a stand against edTPA.

— Sandra Deines
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