Saturday, June 12, 2010

Coming Soon, National Exit exams for teachers

See the excellent article on PACT in Rethinking Schools.

PACT is used as an exit requirement in the Teacher Preparation Program at Sacramento State. In my experience it takes important time ( at least 1/3) away from actual student teaching.  That is the student teacher is performing for PACT rather than preparing, teaching, and motivating children.
We have sought to have this changed but received no assistance from our legislators.  There are faculty with an opposing viewpoint.  They see PACT as good.
It has now become increasingly normalized. That is current students do not often recognize that this is an imposition that detracts from teaching and learning.
Duane Campbell
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