Indiana Ponders New Measuring Stick for Student Teachers

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Kneeling on the classroom floor, student teacher Adam Samuels helps second-graders count Goldfish crackers and paper clips. Sure, this lesson quizzes the students on their math skills — but it’s also a test of Samuels’ ability to teach. He is submitting video recordings of this lesson, along with 70 pages of lesson plans and reflections, through a pilot program of a teaching assessment that’s catching on as a new national standard. The pre-teaching assessment, known as edTPA, is a practical evaluation of teacher candidates. Hoping to bring it to Indiana, proponents say that unlike pencil-and-paper tests, edTPA makes teachers prove they are ready to teach before leading their own classrooms. The article is from the Hechinger Report.

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