Bill Text: IL HR0010 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Encourages the State Board of Education to stop using edTPA as the teacher certification for licensure.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-02-27 - Resolution Adopted [HR0010 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-HR0010-Introduced.html


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HOUSE RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, The Illinois Association of Regional
3Superintendents of Schools' (IARSS) educator shortage survey
4identified a widespread concern for both teacher shortages and
5substitute teacher shortages; and
6 WHEREAS, The report considers five key questions from the
7survey concerning a teacher shortage which include: difficulty
8with staffing, cancelled classes, frequency of candidate
9application, quality of applicants, and content shortage
10areas; and
11 WHEREAS, Teacher shortage concerns were more prominent in
12the rural districts of central Illinois, but substitute teacher
13shortage concerns were most evident for Southern Illinois
14districts; and
15 WHEREAS, edTPA takes away from the classroom experience,
16the most valid part of the student teaching process, and
17student teachers are already observed by no less than three
18educational professionals during classroom time; and
19 WHEREAS, Preparation for edTPA can take time away from the
20normal curriculum of a teacher and can detract from the overall
21student-teaching experience, shifting focus from learning to

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1teaching to pass a test; and
2 WHEREAS, The edTPA may favor student teachers in some
3teaching placements; some sources indicate that inner-city
4schools with low-income students or highly diverse student
5populations may present challenges that make passing the edTPA
6more difficult; also, the faculty responsible for overseeing
7and supporting student teachers may also affect test scores;
8and
9 WHEREAS, On top of the cost of tuition, the basic skills
10exam, and other certification requirements, this is a costly,
11unproven, and restrictive exam administered by Pearson
12Education, Inc.; the fee for taking the edTPA is $300; and
13 WHEREAS, There is no research or evidence to support that
14edTPA is a reliable method for evaluating or choosing teacher
15candidates; and
16 WHEREAS, The exam is not scored by qualified teacher
17evaluators familiar with the teacher candidate; instead,
18Pearson Education, Inc. hires temporary workers at its own
19discretion to indirectly decide who receives teaching
20licenses; and
21 WHEREAS, Student teachers receive no compensation for

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1hours they spend in the classroom and must also self-fund their
2participation in a teacher-certification program, which can
3present a significant burden; Pearson Education, Inc. is
4profiting from pre-service educators, many of whom will enter
5the profession in debt; therefore, be it
6 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
7HUNDRED FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
8we encourage the State Board of Education to stop using edTPA
9as the teacher certification for licensure; and be it further
10 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
11presented to the State Superintendent, the Illinois State Board
12of Education, and Pearson Education.
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