Evaluating prospective teachers on classroom performance, including videos of student teaching, will increase teaching quality, say advocates of Stanford’s edTPA. Some want to make it a “bar exam” equivalent for entry into teaching.
“But critics have worried the test could create another stumbling block for minority teachers, who are underrepresented in the profession,” reports Hechinger’s Sarah Garland. African-American teachers scored somewhat lower on edTPA, a new analysis shows.
About 70 percent of candidates scored a 42, the recommended cut score. Blacks averaged a 41, “compared to roughly 45 for white, Hispanic and Asians,” writes Garland.
Those who did their student teaching in the suburbs tended to score slightly better than those who trained in urban or rural areas. In addition, women had an edge on men.
Some believe performance tests will create a “roadblock to diversifying the profession,” writes Peggy Barmore.
At least a dozen states and more than 600 teacher preparation programs use performance tests such as edTPA, she writes. “They cost more money, take more time, and require the teacher aspirants to do more work — all of which could deter low-income and minority teacher candidates who were already faring worse, on average, on the less rigorous state-administered certification tests.