The College of Education’s Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management hosted the third annual Data Summit on June 8, to share edTPA performance data with faculty and discuss strategic plans for program improvement. The event was open to all edTPA liaisons (TPALs) and department chairs. Individual departments throughout the College of Education are now holding their own data summits to review student performance data and develop plans for program improvement.
In 2015-2016, candidates in all teacher preparation programs were required to complete the edTPA to be recommended for licensure. A total of 378 teacher candidates submitted edTPA portfolios for official scoring in 18 different assessment areas. The edTPA consists of three tasks: Planning, Instruction and Assessment. Each of these tasks is additionally separated into five different rubric areas. Last year’s results showed an increase in the average rubric score in all 15 rubric areas from the prior academic year; with the largest growth in the assessment task.
ECU’s College of Education piloted the edTPA assessment in 2011 for select programs and is now a leader among peer institutions in using edTPA as performance assessment for educator preparation. Other North Carolina universities that have adopted edTPA include UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill and Winston Salem State University.
edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need on their initial day in the classroom. The assessment tool was developed by Stanford University faculty and staff at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE).