The Federal Register:
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Impact Study of Feedback for Teachers Based on Classroom Videos
Abstract: The goal of this evaluation is to examine the impact of video-based observations and feedback on the classroom practices and student achievement of novice teachers (in their first year of teaching) and early career teachers (in their second through fourth years of teaching). This study, using a random assignment design, provides an important test of whether intensive, individualized support for teachers improves their instructional practices and ultimately student achievement. By focusing on novice teachers, the study has the potential to inform both teacher induction policies and teacher preparation programs. Examining the impact of this intervention on novice and early career teachers can also inform the effectiveness of providing individualized feedback as a model for teacher professional development programs. The study includes 12 districts and approximately 500 teachers who will be participating in the study.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 3,792.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,633.
In New York State alone there are 733 districts and 210,496 teachers, how will a study of the information from 12 districts and 500 teachers provide any relevant information to instructional practices or student achievement across the nation?
In New York State, novice teachers are required to submit a twenty minute video showcasing their ability to provide instruction. The edTPA “serves as a culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.” How can a twenty minute, rehearsed performance, provide that type of information?
This is a Pearson assessment product that does nothing more than shore up the profits of this already lucrative company.
In 2013, Alan Singer of Huffington Post’s The Blog writes, “Money, money, money, money, money. Profit, profit, profit, profit. No discussion of educational philosophy, educational achievement, or student needs in the entire report. Is this the company cities and states in the United States should trust with the education of our children?”
What is more important, Pearson profits or an excellent education for our children?
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