Overview of edTPA

What is edTPA?
edTPA (educative Teacher Performance Assessment) is a summative, subject specific portfolio-based assessment of teaching performance completed during a teacher candidate’s professional preparation program during clinical practice (student teaching).  edTPA is currently being used in at least 24 states and Washington DC as a performance assessment or licensure requirement. For more information please visit: edTPA  and NJ Department of Education

From where did edTPA come?
edTPA was developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE).  It is modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ assessment of accomplished veteran teachers but is designed for initial licensure candidates.  SCALE is responsible for the content of the assessment handbooks including the guidelines, tasks and rubrics.  SCALE has partnered with Pearson to manage the implementation and professional scoring. 

What do teacher candidates need to do?
Teacher candidates must submit a portfolio of work that consists of at least  three tasks focused on a learning segment of three to five lessons in one class; collected artifacts such as lesson plans, student work samples, assessments, video recording (required); and written commentaries in response to subject-specific prompts. 

Planning for Instruction and Assessment

Building Content Understanding

How do your plans build and apply students’ understanding and/or skills? 

Supporting Learning Needs

How do you differentiate instruction based upon your knowledge of your student’s learning needs?

Using Knowledge of Students

What are the contextual factors of your students, classroom, school, district, community and how does this inform your instructional plans?

Using Academic Language

How do you plan to use multiple language demands (vocabulary, function, syntax, discourse) to support learning and understanding?

Assessments to Monitor Student Learning

How are you assessing student understanding formatively and summatively?

Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning

Learning Environment

How do you create a positive learning environment? (video)

Engagement in Learning

How do you actively engage students in learning to further their understanding of the content or skill? (video)

Deepening Thinking

How do you draw and utilize student responses to promote deeper understanding? (video)

Subject Specific Pedagogy

What do you do to support learning, exploration and application of knowledge or skill? (video)

Assessing Student Learning

Analysis of Student Learning

How do you analyze evidence of student learning?

Providing Feedback

What feedback do you provide students to support their learning and growth?

Supporting Student Use of Feedback

How do you engage students in applying your feedback?

Use of Data to Inform Instruction

How do you use the analysis of student learning to inform your future teaching?

How are teacher candidates assessed?
edTPA portfolios are assessed based on five rubrics per task developed to assess the different areas of effective teaching that the teacher candidate demonstrates through their submission. Official scoring is completed by content experts who are hired, trained and supervised by Pearson.