Is a bar exam the best way to improve the quality of teaching?

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Is a bar exam the best way to improve the quality of teaching? Ann Marie Leising EDU 511: Issues in Education Cornerstone University

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And the survey says... teacher preparation reform must persist! American Federation of Teachers. (2012, December). Raising the bar: aligning and elevating teacher preparation and the teaching profession . Retrieved from http://www.aft.org/pdfs/highered/raisingthebar2012.pdf

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Randi Weingarten (2012), President of the AFT, argues that, “ Raising the bar for America’s teachers will send a necessary signal that teachers are well-prepared to enter the classroom and ready our children for the 21st century” (p. 3). American Federation of Teachers. (2012, December). Raising the bar: aligning and elevating teacher preparation and the teaching profession . Retrieved from http://www.aft.org/pdfs/highered/raisingthebar2012.pdf

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The Teacher Preparation Task Force proposes three significant changes : Collaboration Universal Assessment Process Responsibility American Federation of Teachers. (2012, December). Raising the bar: aligning and elevating teacher preparation and the teaching profession . Retrieved from http://www.aft.org/pdfs/highered/raisingthebar2012.pdf

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Academic Admissions Sanchez, Claudio. (2013, January 29). Union backs ‘ bar exam ’ for teachers. All Things Considered . [Radio News Program]. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2013/01/29/170579245/union-backs-bar-exam-for-teachers Mehta, J. (2013). Why American education fails: and how lessons from abroad could improve it. Foreign Affairs , 92(3).

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edTPA Currently being piloted in 25 states and more than 160 campuses. Is a new teacher ready for the job? Requires a demonstration of knowledge and skills. Aligned with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. AACTE. (n.d.). FAQ: edTPA: transformative teacher preparation for today ’ s classrooms . Retrieved from http://edtpa.aacte.org/faq

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“ Either/Or ” or “ Both ” Elementary Level: Knowledge of Pedagogy Knowledge of Child Development Content Knowledge Traditional Model Secondary Level: Deep Understanding of Subject/Content Alternative Model Shuls, J. & Ritter, G. (2013, April). Teacher preparation: not an either-or . Phi Delta Kappa International. 94 (7), 28-32.

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On the Fence Math and Science Courses = Broader Labor Market Education Courses = Only Helpful in the Pursuit of Teaching Richwine, J. & Burke, L. (2013, January 14). Teacher bar exams would be a huge mistake. The Atlantic . Retrieved from http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/lane-filler/filler-to-get-better-teachers-evaluate-the-principals-1.4504577

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Measuring Teacher Effectiveness A Recipe for Teacher Effectiveness: Patience Empathy Articulation Motivation Richwine, J. & Burke, L. (2013, January 14). Teacher bar exams would be a huge mistake. The Atlantic . Retrieved from http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/lane-filler/filler-to-get-better-teachers-evaluate-the-principals-1.4504577

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Looking Closer at Principals Lane Filler (2013), argues: They wouldn ’ t play favorites and keep lovable, ineffective teachers, because they ’ d care more about their own careers than the jobs of even the most delightful suck-ups. They wouldn ’ t fire the talented pains in the neck unless these teachers were so disruptive it actually hurt the school ’ s results, because the principals would be more psyched by big bonuses than they would be aggravated by the pesky but effective employees ( para . 8). Richwine, J. & Burke, L. (2013, January 14). Teacher bar exams would be a huge mistake. The Atlantic . Retrieved from http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/lane-filler/filler-to-get-better-teachers-evaluate-the-principals-1.4504577

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Is a bar exam the best way to improve the quality of teaching?

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