Embracing the Controversy: edTPA, Corporate Influence, and the Cooptation of Teacher Education
by Alison G. Dover, Brian D. Schultz, Katy Smith & Timothy J. Duggan - September 14, 2015
This commentary examines recent controversies surrounding edTPA, a high-stakes, standardized teacher performance assessment (TPA), focusing on the complex relationships among TPA policy, scholarship, and profit. We argue that TPA mandates have outpaced the research base, thus illustrating the influence of an intensely lucrative educational marketplace. We conclude this essay with a call for independent, peer-reviewed scholarship regarding the validity, reliability, and impact of high-stakes, privatized, teacher performance assessment.
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