Students & Clinical Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Why am I completing an edTPA portfolio?

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

When will I complete my edTPA portfolio?

Your edTPA portfolio will be completed during your clinical teaching semester/year.

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.

Contact Information

Texas A&M Contacts

Bilingual Education

Middle Grades ELAR/SS, Middle Grades (Math and Science), EC-6 Generalist

Special Education

Other Contacts

edTPA Contact

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