Teaching performance assessments in the USA and Australia

Jennifer Charteris
  • International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, June 2019, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/ijced-10-2018-0039

Teaching performance assessments in the USA and Australia: The “bar exam for the profession”

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to outline how these assessments have been implemented in teacher education in the USA and Australian contexts.

Why is it important?

The TPA impacts the focus of pre-service teacher practicum teaching, and pedagogy and curriculum in ITE education. The TPA could be used to mobilise detrimental accountability mechanisms. With the outsourcing of assessment to edu-business, Pearson Education, teacher education institutions in the USA have a sense that they have lost control over determining which students are credentialed to teach.

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