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What is the edTPA?

The edTPA is a subject-specific pre-service teacher performance assessment completed during student teaching (recommended during final student teaching semester).  Unique content level handbooks are chosen by the program based on licensure area and student teaching placement.  The assessment asks the teacher candidate to plan, instruct, and assess a learning segment of 3-5 lessons in one class.  Candidates submit artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work) and written commentaries as evidence of teaching readiness.  Professional scorers rate candidate performance in planning, instruction, and assessment using rubrics in the edTPA handbook for that subject area.

Where did the edTPA come from?

The edTPA was developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).  It is modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' assessments of accomplished veteran teachers and was developed with input from teacher and teacher educators across the country.  While SCALE is responsible for the edTPA handbooks, rubrics, and scorer training materials, they have entered into an operational partnerships with Pearson to manage candidate registration and scoring of the edTPA.  More information can be found on the SCALE website atscale.stanford.edu/teaching/edtpalink.

What does the edTPA cost?

The edTPA costs $300, which includes official scoring and score reporting to the candidate and to the program designated by the candidate during registration.  Additional score reports are $50.  Retakes cost $100 for a single task (planning, instruction, OR assessment) or $300 for a complete edTPA.

How do candidates register for the edTPA?

Candidates register on the Pearson edTPA site (www.edtpa.comlink) and pay the registration fee. 

How do candidates submit the edTPA?

Candidates use the submission procedure prescribed by their educator preparation program.  The edTPA can be submitted through the Pearson ePortfolio System or through an Integrated edTPA Platform Provider System. More information can be found on the Pearson edTPA site (www.edtpa.comlink).

Where can I find more information?

The Pearson edTPA site (www.edtpa.comlink) is the official source of information for candidates and faculty. 

The AACTE edTPA site (edtpa.aacte.orglink) provides numerous resources and an online community for edTPA Coordinators.  Contact your institution's edTPA Coordinator for more information.

Information relating to edTPA requirements specific to Wisconsin can be found at the WI DPI website (http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/epp/edtpalink).

AACTE edTPA webpage
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DPI edTPA webpage
Link to Pearson edTPA webpage http://www.edtpa.com/