Sharon Robinson, AACTE President, sent a post out today introducing the new website for TPAC.
The Teacher Performance Assessment has now grown to include more than 160 institutions of higher education in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
As a scorer in the pilot phase, I learned that many entry level teachers exiting from higher ed preparation programs aligned with the national TPA are gaining in their ability to identify and express evidence of student learning using multiple forms of data. I was particularly impressed with the Washington, Student Voice candidates who clearly plan lessons that integrate, and are scored on, the voice of their students in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection on what they know and need to know, and how to best to learn in collaboration with their teacher and peers.
These teaching candidates are learning to target both, Common Core standards and high professional teaching standards (InTASC and NBPTS alignment) to shape distinguished levels of performance that result in evidence of their students' achievement--coherence and congruence are revealed in the design of the assessments and expectations that capture valued aspects of teaching and learning for candidates AND higher education faculty. Improvements are needed, but in my opinion, the pilot phase demonstrates that a greater number of promising teachers are being developed more rapidly across the country who will be ready on day one of the job, with or without the high cost of many induction programs. I would hire many of the candidates I scored in a heartbeat.
The national field test was completed in the spring. At this point, the Teacher Performance Assessment will now officially be called edTPA. This new name emphasizes "the educative nature of the assessment for teacher candidate learning and program renewal." The new site and features of interest can be accessed here: edtpa.aacte.org (pictured below).
- Detailed background information, goals, project status and state policy updates on edTPA
- A thorough set of frequently asked questions, rich resources and easy steps for how to get involved in edTPA
- The latest news updates and testimonials from your peers and teacher candidates who have experienced edTPA