SCALE has partnered with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) to create and deliver a support and assessment program for teacher candidates that can be used around the country. Known as edTPA, the performance assessment was developed by the profession, for the profession with the support of a consortium of states and institutions of higher education. Teachers and teacher educators nationwide—more than 1,000 from 29 states and 400 institutions—participated in an extensive, multi-year development process including pilots and field tests with thousands of candidates. edTPA is the first nationally available authentic capstone assessment that can be used for teacher licensure and to support state and national program accreditation.
Consistent with state college and career readiness content standards, and the InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching behaviors that focus on student learning. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to document and demonstrate their readiness to teach through lesson plans, instructional materials, student assignments and video clips of teaching, and analyses of teacher and student learning. The design of edTPA is based on theory and research that identifies constructs associated with effective teaching and SCALE’s annotated bibliography provides a research foundation for the role of assessment in teacher education, for the common edTPA architecture, and for each of the fifteen shared rubric constructs.
edTPA is a multiple measure system that includes two primary components: 1) Teaching-related performance tasks embedded in clinical practice that that focus on planning, instruction, assessment, academic language, and analysis of teaching; and 2) a 3-to-5 day documented learning segment. As part of the educative design of the assessment, edTPA includes face-to-face and online implementation support that promotes program improvement and allows candidates to engage with the assessment through formative experiences.
edTPA is scored either locally for formative purposes or externally as part of official scoring and reporting. Evaluation Systems of Pearson is SCALE’s operational partner and provides electronic access to the edTPA assessment under secure conditions and manages distributive scoring. SCALE has exclusive authorship and copyright for all edTPA handbooks, rubrics, training/scoring materials, benchmarks, and support materials.
edTPA provides a common set of expectations for licensure and nationally available performance standards (cut-scores) that can be used across programs and states to support licensing new teachers and/or program accreditation. edTPA was nationally validated in 2013 to establish the reliability and validity of the assessment system.
More than 30 states in the US currently participate as members of the edTPA learning community hosted by the AACTE (see edtpa.aacte.org). edTPA is available nationally in over 27 individual content areas.
For more information, contact Andrea Whittaker, Kendyll Stansbury, or Nicole Merino, or visit http://edtpa.aacte.org.