In 2007, the Professional Educator Standards Board undertook a revision of the program approval standards for teacher preparation programs, particularly the section on knowledge and skills (Standard V). The Board decided early in the process that the new standards should include a strong focus on “student-based evidence” as well as the traditional teacher-based evidence.
For Standard V, student-based evidence consisted of any kind of P-12 student work (tests, papers, projects, etc.) that showed the impact of the teacher’s instruction. Student voice was viewed as a subset of student-based evidence. While the 2007 standards did not directly reference student voice, a further revision in 2010 included this expectation:
Aligning instruction to the learning standards and outcomes so all students know the learning targets and their progress toward meeting them.
· A class of second-graders engage in pair sharing
· A seventh-grade class is divided into groups to construct a rubric
· A sixth-grader at a student-led conference summarizes for her parents what she has learned in math during the past semester
· A high school class puzzles over an enigmatic passage in King Lear and weighs several alternative interpretations
The examples listed below are meant to used as a resource to understand the concept of student voice in the edTPA portfolio.