DARTEP World Language Program Review Webinar
Here's your one-stop-shop for the review for the new World Language teacher preparation standards. In addition to viewing a recording of the recent webinar on DARTEP's page, you will also be able to download a copy of the PowerPoint that accompanied the webinar and a copy of the rubric that may be helpful in conducting your internal program review. The PowerPoint contains hyperlinks to a number of key documents and websites referenced in the webinar, including the new World Language standards, the endorsement program application, and the Language Testing International website.
New test may Make teaching an even whiter profession
Peggy Barmore writes in the Hechinger Report that new teacher preparation tests may exacerbate the already existing disparity between white teachers and minority teachers. While advocates for the new, more strenuous tests say they hope the increased rigor will encourage all applicants to perform better, regardless of demographics, Barmore reports that the more expensive and more difficult tests may only serve to further disenfranchise groups struggling with the current tests.
Read the full article HERE.
2016 MACTE Spring Meeting Information
A Memo concerning PRE results from Leah Breen from the MDE
After detailing the alternative pass measures for the PRE, Breen asks the following of Michigan EPIs.
The MDE does not currently collect data on how frequently alternative pass measures for the PRE are used as a replacement, in part or in whole, by Michigan teacher candidates. Michigan EPIs use the alternative pass measures as needed to support teacher candidate compliance with MCL 380.1531(14). The OPPS has begun to work with Michigan EPIs to collect data on teacher candidate use of alternative pass measures for the PRE. However, the data is not yet compiled by the OPPS, and it was not available at the time of the writing of the three-year summary.
Because the current PRE performance tables may be incomplete and misleading without information on the alternative pass measures, the OPPS recommends the following for your college or university’s educator preparation programs:
Inform public media reporters of the incomplete and misleading nature of current PRE performance unmodified from the alternate pass measures.
Ask public media reporters not to report PRE performance, either statewide or by MI EPI, until the OPPS has completed collecting and compiling data regarding the frequency of use of alternative pass measures and the impact the alternative pass measures have on the apparent PRE performance.
Read the memo in its entirety HERE.