edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Minnesota has become a leader in a nationwide effort to better ensure that teachers beginning their careers are truly prepared to teach effectively. This initiative revolves around the edTPA™ assessment process, which requires teacher candidates to demonstrate the skills needed to enter the classroom ready to help all their students learn.
edTPA requires candidates to use teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, assignments, video and classroom assessments of learning) to evaluate their teaching and student learning. edTPA also provides research-based expectations about what should be expected of teacher candidates in planning for instruction, delivering instruction, assessing learning, analyzing the impact of their teaching and supporting students’ academic language development.
This performance assessment has been available nationally since the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. In the 2011-12 academic year, more than 7,000 teacher candidates in 22 states participated in a national field test, demonstrating that edTPA can become a rigorous, valid assessment that can be scored reliably.
WSU education students will complete the edTPA during the semester when they are student teaching. Because the process includes videotaping along with writing, students have the opportunity to grow through feedback and reflection. This is a valuable part of the curriculum at WSU.
Stanford University partnered with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to develop the edTPA. The cost of the edTPA is $270.
Much of the information on this page comes from the edTPA Minnesota web site.
Jim Reineke, PhD