N.Y. Education Officials Stand Behind Teacher Exam

03.14.14 | Bob Price

The state Education Department says it will support a new portfolio-style exam for prospective teachers, despite pleas from labor unions and some college faculty members to delay the requirement. Student teachers and United University Professions, which represents SUNY faculty, have raised concerns about the "education teacher performance assessment", which is being used for the first time this year to certify teachers in New York. The three-part exam requires student teachers to provide a video recording of themselves teaching a series of lessons and includes a lengthy written portion based on Common Core requirements. Students who graduate in May will be the first to have to pass the exam, which critics say has been rushed in New York, one of two states across the country to currently require it for certification.