As of May 1, teachers in training or those from other states seeking New York State certification will be tested using the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment, also known as edTPA. It is a model developed to provide a gauge of teacher readiness that few educators, administrators or higher-education personnel know much about.
With the edTPA, the state Education Department has found yet another vehicle for assessment. The department has been notorious for rolling out mandates before investigating methodology, exploring research and giving institutions of learning the time to prepare for new expectations.
Some critics believe that the edTPA misses the mark. Yet despite the criticism, this will soon become part of teacher preparation.
Is it possible that there is an ulterior motive to impose draconian measures without proper preparation? Are they trying to prove that the education system is failing, including colleges that train teachers? Are they trying to feed more money to companies with ties to education?
Joseph Coladonato, Bellmore
Editor's note: The writer is a teacher in the East Williston school district.