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03/13/14

Education Chief John King, Regents Defend 'Bar Exam' for Teachers

Syracuse Post-Standard (NY) (03/13/14) Riede, Paul

New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., and a Board of Regents committee fully endorse the state's new teacher certification system, also known as the bar exam for teachers. The state has spent $11.5 million in federal Race to the Top funding to prepare teacher colleges for the new system, which already was delayed one year. King says the state is raising academic standards for students, and the "success of that effort requires that we demand just as much excellence from the educators who will teach them." The system includes three certification tests created or modified by Pearson Inc. and a new assessment called the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and teachers must submit an extensive portfolio that includes lesson plans, student assessments, video clips of classroom teaching, and written narratives detailing the student-teacher's approach. The students must pay the $300 cost of the submission, which will be graded by remote evaluators.
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