Volume 27 - Issue 4, Summer 2013: High-Stakes Tests for New Teachers

The summer 2013 issue of Rethinking Schools features a special forum with three perspectives on edTPA, the high-stakes test for new teachers that is being piloted in teacher education programs around the country.

Linda Darling-Hammond and Maria E. Hyler argue that the edTPA will lead to better teachers and more professional respect. Their article is titled "The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession."

In "Wrong Answer to the Wrong Question," Barbara Madeloni and Julie Gorlewski disagree. The edTPA distorts the teacher education process, they say, and opens the door to Pearson reaping more profits and power.

"What's a Nice Test Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" by Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au, puts the discussion in the context of corporate education "reform," and shares his experience with the test in his own teacher education program.

You can weigh in on the conversation about edTPA at our blog.

On another front, you won't want to miss our editorial, "The Trouble with the Common Core."

Plus, the issue features a festival of new articles on imaginative social justice teaching: "Rethinking the Day of Silence," role-playing aspects of "the new Jim Crow," learning the Civil Rights Movement from grandparents' stories, the second part of Linda Christensen's article about her "stealing home" unit, and much, much more!


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