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Getting Started with edTPA

Texas edTPA Pilot 2020-21

The College of Education and Human Development is championing the readiness of teacher education program leaders by offering a pilot of edTPA for CEHD programs during 2020-21. The consequential year for the implementation of edTPA is 2023.

Getting Ready for edTPA: 4-Step Implementation Process

  1. Create a timeline and implementation plan. From the implementation phase, work backwards to determine when you need to start working on curriculum, resources, logistics, and supports related to edTPA.
  2. Modify timelines and implementation plans for different groups. Know that you will most likely work on support and logistics first, and curriculum implementation (large scale) will come second from candidate cohorts while implementing edTPA. It could take up to three years to add all supports needed in a traditional program.
  3. Use resources. Use the Effectively Implementing edTPA for Educator Preparation Programs document as a resource for the logistics and support programs recommended for edTPA.
  4. Plan-Do-Study-Act
    • Plan: Set up a team to begin to understand edTPA through workshops, webinars, review of the Handbook, and other materials along with the necessary support and resources needed.
    • Do: Begin curriculum mapping of your curriculum against edTPA. Think about it in Tasks and then into rubrics. Think about what you already do and may be able to tweak. It will become obvious that you prepare candidates to plan, instruct and assess in your program, but may need to tweak some components to better prepare candidates specifically for edTPA. Also, think through resources (i.e. technology, submissions) that are needed to practice and implement edTPA.
    • Study: Once you receive edTPA data, specifically look at your EEP’s strengths and areas to improve/support using rubric scores along with a review of logistics/supports from the implementation cycle.
    • Act: Revise curriculum/logistics/support

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why edTPA?

edTPA has been approved by Texas Education Agency (TEA) to replace Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and full implementation is underway. Texas A&M University will begin implementation 2020-21.

What is edTPA?

The Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is a subject-specific portfolio-based assessment that will allow you to demonstrate your readiness for a full-time classroom teaching assignment.

edTPA provides a summative assessment of your teaching practice during your clinical or intensive training organized around 3 tasks:

  • Planning: Building content understanding, supporting learning needs, using knowledge of students, and assessments to monitor student learning.
  • Instruction: Learning environment, engagement in learning, deepening thinking, and subject-specific pedagogy.
  • Assessment: Analysis of student learning, providing feedback, and supporting student use of feedback.

edTPA is a subject-specific assessment with versions in 27 different teaching fields covering Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Childhood, and Secondary. edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials into a portfolio as the culmination of a teaching and learning portfolio that documents a 3-to-5 day learning segments and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.

  • edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials into a portfolio as the culmination of a teaching and learning portfolio that documents a 3-to-5 day learning segment and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.
  • edTPA doesn’t ask candidates to do anything that most aren’t already doing in their preparation programs, but it does ask for greater support for and demonstration of these skills that research and educators find are essential to student learning.
  • All initial certification programs are required to participate by 2022-2023. Intensive field based experiences (e.g. for programs that offer certification in internships) will launch in 2020-21 for Texas A&M University.
What are the goals of edTPA?

edTPA is the first nationally accessible preservice teacher assessment and support program to:

  • Improve student outcomes;
  • Improve the information base guiding improvement of teacher preparation programs;
  • Strengthen the information base for accreditation and evaluation of program effectiveness;
  • Be used in combination with other measures as a requirement for licensure; and
  • Guide professional development for teachers across the career continuum.
Who owns edTPA?

Stanford University is the exclusive author and owner of edTPA. All assessment and assessment resource materials were created with extensive input from teachers and teacher educators from across the country over a four-year development process.

Is anyone partnered with edTPA?

Yes, edTPA is supported by a partnership between the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and Pearson.

What is SCALE's role?

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) is solely responsible for developing all edTPA handbooks, rubrics, scoring training, supervision of scoring trainers, all benchmarking and training materials and hundreds of implementation support resources for candidates and programs.

What is Pearson's role?

Partnering with SCALE for operational support, Evaluation Systems, a group of Pearson, provides the technical infrastructure to collect candidate materials, hires educators to score the materials, and delivers score reports to teacher candidates and preparation programs. SCALE designed the architecture of edTPA and drafted and piloted many handbooks prior to partnering with Evaluation Systems.

Learn more about SCALEVisit the edTPA site

Who scores the edTPA?

All edTPA portfolio submissions are scored by officially trained edTPA scorers. Over 2,500 teachers and teacher educators now serve as scorer trainers, supervisors, or scorers. Scorers must be P-12 teachers or EPP teacher educators with significant pedagogical content knowledge in the field in which they score (e.g., NBTPS teachers), as well as experience working as instructors or mentors for novice teachers.

The criteria for selecting and training scorers are rigorous and include:

  • Expertise in the subject matter and developmental level of the teaching field (degree and professional experience).
  • Teaching experience in the field (or experience teaching methods courses or supervising student teachers in that field).
  • Experience mentoring or supervising beginning teachers or administering programs that prepare them.
  • Verification that the qualifications above are recent (within the past 5 years)

All scoring training is designed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE). As the operational partner, Evaluation Systems group of Pearson manages edTPA scoring activities. All scorers complete over 20 hours of an extensive training curriculum that includes multiple checks to ensure scoring consistency. Additionally, all scorers complete an anti-bias module that highlights potential sources of bias that might influence scoring accuracy.

How can I confirm that a student submitted their portfolio for scoring?

A Candidate Status report is available on the secure score reporting site. This report lists registration and submission activity for all candidates who have indicated affiliation with your educator preparation program during registration for edTPA on the Pearson system since 9/3/14. The program’s Score Report Contact is provided login credentials for the site. If you are unsure who the Score Report Contact is for your program, please contact your program’s edTPA Coordinator or Pearson Customer Support at 1-866-565-4872.

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