The state requirement to adopt a performance assessment for teacher candidates was approved by the Minnesota legislature and signed by the Governor in 2011. The applicable section was added to a list of duties assigned to the Minnesota Board of Teaching and reads as follows (2011 language in italics):
(d) The Board must provide the leadership and adopt rules for the redesign of teacher education programs to implement a research based, results-oriented curriculum that focuses on the skills teachers need in order to be effective. The board shall implement new systems of teacher preparation program evaluation to assure program effectiveness based on proficiency of graduates in demonstrating attainment of program outcomes. Teacher preparation programs including alternative teacher preparation programs under section 122A.245, among other programs, must include a content-specific, board-approved, performance-based assessment that measures teacher candidates in three areas: planning for instruction and assessment; engaging students and supporting learning; and assessing student learning.
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