The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) has partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) to develop and implement edTPA, a reliable and valid performance assessment system for enhancing the quality of teachers in the United States. edTPA is a pre-service teacher support and assessment system that is nationally available for states and teacher preparation programs for licensure, program renewal, and accreditation. An increasing demand for edTPA initiated an operational partnership between Stanford University and Evaluation Systems-NCS Pearson in March 2011. For a thorough description of edTPA design, development, and technical characteristics, see the 2013 Summary Report.
Modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' path-breaking assessments of accomplished veteran teachers, edTPA was developed with input from teachers and teacher educators across the country in a process led by Stanford University's Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and supported by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
An extensive, multi-year development process involved more than 1000 teachers and teacher educators in the assessment's design, review, piloting, and field tests. edTPA design and review team members included a wide range of university faculty, P–12 teachers, and representatives of national subject-matter organization representatives, such as the Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) associated with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Involvement with edTPA is supported by the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC), a professional learning community of preparation programs, faculty, and state agency leaders.
With these educators, SCALE has developed edTPA assessments and is responsible for handbooks, rubrics, and scorer training materials, including benchmarks and training curriculum. AACTE and SCALE collaborate with the field to develop the resources that support educative implementation. Evaluation Systems group of Pearson provides the infrastructure needed to deliver assessment materials, including the electronic platform for candidate registration and submission, digital distribution of submissions to scorers, scoring services, and score reporting.
The assessment system consists of two components:
The ESAs are distinctive, formative signature assignments embedded in coursework. They are mission-driven and reflect program-specific teaching philosophies or goals that contribute to the unique character of program graduates. For example, ESAs might include child case studies, instructional units, analyses of student work, and observations of student teaching.
edTPA is a multiple measure support and assessment system that documents teaching and learning in a 3-5 day learning segment taught to one class of students. edTPA is subject-specific with 27 separate versions for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Childhood, and Secondary licensure areas. The specific records of practice (evidence) in the edTPA consist of authentic artifacts of teaching (lesson plans, unedited video clips of instruction, student work samples) and commentaries, which justify the professional judgments underlying the teaching and learning artifacts.
With a planning grant from the Ford Foundation, SCALE began recruiting states and institutions of higher education (IHEs) as edTPA partners during the 2008-09 academic year. A pilot of edTPA was conducted in 2010-11 in about a dozen states with nearly 1500 candidates. edTPA was field tested in both spring (nationwide) and fall (OH, WA, and TN) 2012 to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the assessment system to target areas for improvement. In Spring 2013, a national field-test was conducted to study and report upon the reliability and validity of the edTPA. The Consortium of edTPA users now includes nearly 450 IHE partners in 34 states.
edTPA is available for operational use in the 2013-14 academic year. There are several states that have already officially implemented or are considering edTPA for statewide use for licensure or a teacher preparation program review. The development of a nationally available teacher assessment draws upon the work on teaching standards and teaching assessments in the last twenty-five years. Both the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the Performance Assessment For California Teachers (PACT) have developed standards and assessments to measure teaching quality.
For more information, please visit the AACTE edTPA website.