The edTPA is a pre-service performance assessment designed to determine a teacher candidate’s readiness to teach. It is the first nationally available, educator designed performance assessment for candidates entering the teaching profession. The edTPA requires the teacher candidate to plan, instruct and assess a 3 to 5 hour learning segment while developing an electronic portfolio of evidence of teaching competency. The assessment is completed during the second semester of the teaching internship. The 27 subject-specific versions of the assessment share a common architecture and common language.
The edTPA was introduced to the College of Education during the spring semester of AY 2010-2011. Three program areas participated in the national field test of the original version of the TPA, as it was known at the time. Since then, all initial licensure programs have adopted the edTPA as a summative assessment. During AY 2011-12, 284 portfolios were submitted and evaluated. The number of portfolios increased to 575 in AY 2012-13. During the most recent administration of the edTPA, 535 portfolios were submitted and evaluated.
Authored by Dr. Ellen E. Dobson