By Matt Fossen
The New York State Department is maintaining its belief in a new three part entrance exam for prospective and student teachers across the state.
The exam, called the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) will be fully implemented in New York later this spring. As a result, all teachers entering the market or graduating in May will be required to submit a lesson presentation via video recording as well as an extensive writing exam based on state requirements.
By virtue of the state’s successful application to receive federal Race to the Top Funds four years ago, it has also promised to increase teaching certification standards and procedures. Since then, New York has invested $11.5 million dollars in grants to help colleges adapt the program.
In the past week, the Office of the State Education Commissioner made a statement reaffirming the Board of Regents’ commitment to increasing higher education standards in the state. The Commissioner, John King, said that while better education means raising the bar for students, success will require “just as much excellence from the educators that teach them.”
While many are enthusiastic and optimistic about the policy, labor unions, college faculty, and other education factions have criticized edTPA for being mandated too quickly and vaguely for schools.