NEW REPORT// TEACHER SHORTAGE AND RACIAL DISPARITY IN ILLINOIS TEACHING PROFESSION: THE EFFECT OF EDTPA

TEACHER SHORTAGE AND RACIAL DISPARITY IN ILLINOIS TEACHING PROFESSION: THE EFFECT OF EDTPA

The Illinois State Broad of Education (ISBE) mandated Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a performance-based assessment to evaluate teaching readiness, as a part of the licensure requirements since July 2015. The new examination imposed significant monetary ($300-$1,200 per applicant) and time investments, which had a disproportionate effect on minority prospective teacher candidates. The impact of the test exacerbated the problem of teacher shortages and the lack of diversity employment in the Illinois teacher market. This report provides the first empirical evidence about the effect of edTPA on teacher employment and sheds light on racial disparity in the teaching profession in Illinois.