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What is the edTPA?

edTPA is a preservice assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

 3 Tasks of the edTPA

  • Planning
  • Instruction
  • Assessment

Each task requires the creation and submission of authentic artifacts (i.e., lesson plans, instructional materials, video recording of teaching, student assessments with teacher candidate feedback).

Each task requires a detailed, thorough examination of the teacher candidate's own teaching effectiveness through written Commentaries.

General requirements of the edTPA

  • Plan a learning sequence of 3-5 consecutive lessons (or 3-5 hours if teaching in a block)
  • Creation of instructional materials
  • Copies of student assignments and assessments
  • Feedback on student work, for selected students
  • Unedited video recording instruction

Role of the Cooperating Teaching in the edTPA

  • Provide assistance by helping teacher candidate identify class for edTPA
  • Provide assistance in helping teacher candidate identify focus student(s)
  • Provide assistance to teacher candidate in distributing, collecting, and record keeping of the video permission forms
  • Provide assistance in securing video equipment, if necessary
  • Provide assistance in video recording 

Continue to provide feedback and formative reflection opportunities for teacher candidates discuss their teaching effectiveness

 Alignment with Educator Effectiveness

The edTPA shares a number of key constructs with the Educator Effectiveness models that are being implemented in Wisconsin. As with the Educator Effectiveness model, the edTPA asks pre-service teachers to reflect on their planning, instruction, and assessment of their students, with a focus on student learning outcomes.

 Timeline to full implementation

  • 2014-15: All UWRF student teachers required to participate in the edTPA pilot
  • 2015-16: edTPA required by Wisconsin, DPI for all teacher candidates, but not consequential for licensure
  • 2016-17: edTPA consequential for all teacher candidates, for initial licensure through Wisconsin, DPI

 Additional Information

 Additional information on the edTPA can be found at www.aacte.orglink


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