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The rise and fall of Missouri’s performance assessment of student teachers: A policy network analysis of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment

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Published: 2022-02-01

Authors

Alexander Cuenca

Indiana University

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5450-5499

Joseph R. Nichols Jr.

Saint Louis University

Keywords: preservice teacher education; student teaching; performance-based assessment; policy analysis

Abstract

This article examines the adoption and abandonment of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA). Our analysis draws on policy network theory to argue that the divergent rationales of Missouri’s primary teacher education policy network actors led to confusion, conflict, and disagreement, which contributed to the abandonment of the MoPTA as a policy prescription. Charting the rise and fall of Missouri’s high-stakes performance assessment provides important lessons for state education agencies, local school districts, and teacher education programs.

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Author Biographies

Alexander Cuenca

Indiana University

Alexander Cuenca is associate professor of curriculum and instruction and program coordinator of the Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education Program at Indiana University. His research focuses on social studies teacher education, the implications of policy for teacher educators and teacher education programs, and the pedagogy of teacher education. This research has been featured in publications such as Journal of Teacher Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education.

Joseph R. Nichols Jr.

Saint Louis University

Joseph Nichols is assistant professor of education at Saint Louis University. His research focuses on teacher education, the political and policy contexts of K-12 schooling, and race and segregation in the history of American schools. This research has been featured in publications such as Action in Teacher Education, Social Education, and The New Educator.

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Published: 2022-02-01

How to Cite

Cuenca, A., & Nichols Jr., J. R. (2022). The rise and fall of Missouri’s performance assessment of student teachers: A policy network analysis of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (7). https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.6429