Monday, April 7, 2008

Conference for Teachers

Legislators decide to not discuss teacher testing issues with future teachers.

Students about to graduate in teacher preparation at California State U-Sacramento wanted to discuss the imposed mandate for performance assessment known as PACT with local legislators. They scheduled a forum as a part of the 14th Annual Multicultural Education Conference to be held April 12, 2008 at Sac State, but Senator Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman Dave Jones declined to participate.

The student led panel discussion will continue. There will be empty chairs for the invited elected officials.

SB 2042, in 2000, required a major revision of teacher preparation in California based upon a new set of state standards and a set of teacher performance expectations (TPEs) . The universities have responded by revising their programs. In 2042 The legislature created a system where the state must continually train new teachers to replace those driven out by inadequate working conditions. One element of 2042 required the development of high stakes performance assessment of California teachers (TPA), like NCLB, based upon the teacher performance expectations (TPE) developed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
The problems with this are several. There is no evidence that TPAs are valid measures of good teaching. To the contrary, our experience tells us that one-time all-or-nothing tests like the TPA are among the poorest possible ways to predict the likelihood that a test-taker will be an excellent California teacher. SB 1209 in 2006 required implementation of the TPA throughout the state effective July 1, 2008, imposing a new low quality accountability system on teacher preparation programs in addition to the performance assessments currently in place, without providing the funding needed to pay for the new program. Thus the legislature and CTC have imposed an expensive, redundant accountability system – one the state cannot afford in its current budget crisis.
The new PACT assessments require over 60 hours of test preparation for a future teacher while they are completing their intern teaching and it would cost up to $10 million in this years state budget.
A million here, a million there, pretty soon these items begin to add up.

Other items at the conference:
Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to speak.

Dr. Francisco Reveles will be the keynote speaker at the annual Multicultural Education Conference sponsored by the department of Bilingual/Multicultural Education on April 12, 2008, in the university union of the Sacramento State Campus.

8:30 Am - 1:30 PM. in the University Union

The conference is designed for teachers and future teachers to bring them new and interesting approaches to teaching. Dr. Reveles topic will be:
“Closing the Achievement Gap: Building Networks to Success.”

Dr. Reveles is a Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a graduate of bilingual programs here at CSUS. He is currently exploring a run for the position of California Superintendent of Pubic Instruction in 2010.

Over 45 workshops will offer ideas on teaching strategies, test taking, the current crisis in California education budgets, problems with NCLB, and more.

Conference program at

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