School of Education students are outpacing other student teachers across the state in passing the edTPA, according to Angel Hessel, edTPA Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
The edTPA is a performance-based assessment tool for pre-service teachers to determine if a teacher candidate is ready to teach. The State Superintendent of Education, acting on a recommendation from the Wisconsin Educator Education Programs, selected the edTPA. Teacher candidates must meet or exceed Wisconsin’s passing score to be recommended for initial licensure.
Hessel has been leading efforts to educate and prepare faculty and pre-service teachers for the arduous test, and the results are impressive. UWM student teachers are outperforming student teachers across the state with a 97 percent pass rate. The Women’s Giving Circle has been supporting the edTPA for a number of years, and this year gave the program a needs-based grant to help relieve the $300 cost per student of preparing for and taking the test. “That $300 can be daunting for many of our students,” says Hessel. “I cannot express in words what the scholarships meant to all the students that applied.”
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