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The Teacher Performance Assessment or edTPA is an assessment process completed during student teaching.It is designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" The edTPA includes a review of teaching strategies such as lesson plans, video clips of teaching, and assessment strategies used in teaching.The edTPA will measure the new teacher's ability to effectively teach to all students.
Stanford University faculty and staff at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) developed edTPA, formerly the Teacher Performance Assessment. They received substantive advice and feedback from teachers and teacher educators and drew from experience gained from over 25 years of developing performance-based assessments of teaching (including the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards portfolio, and the Performance Assessment for California Teachers). The design and review team was comprised of more than 100 university faculty, national subject-matter organization representatives (e.g., NCTM, NCTE, NSTA, etc.), and K-12 teachers.
edTPA will be used for teacher licensure and to support state and national program accreditation. Wisconsin will be requiring the edTPA for teacher licensure beginning in the Fall of 2015. By focusing on the act of teaching, edTPA complements existing entry-level assessments that focus on basic skills or subject-matter knowledge. This process provides a multiple-measure assessment system aligned to state and national standards.
edTPA is comparable to entry-level licensing exams that demand applications of skills in other professions, such as, the medical licensing exams, the architecture exam, or the bar exam in law. As a nationally available teacher performance assessment, edTPA:
Current members of the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC) include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In addition, Western Governors University is also a member of TPAC and offers online accredited teacher preparation programs across the United States.