Important policy revisions for 2015 - 2016 regarding edTPA 

Scoring Policy information

What is edTPA?

edTPA is a pre-service 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.

How is edTPA constructed and used?

Evidence of a candidate's ability to teach is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment of 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction taught to one class of students. Materials assessed as part of the edTPA process include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries. Based on the submitted evidence, which is reviewed by trained scorers, faculty and candidates can discuss the impact of candidates' teaching performance on student learning and determine ways to improve teaching. Faculty can analyze evidence of candidate performance to guide decision-making about program revision. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will use edTPA scores for licensure and accreditation.

Why is UWRF utilizing the edTPA?

The UWRF Educator Preparation program will continue to use multiple measures to determine a teacher candidate's s readiness to teach.  These multiple measures include coursework, content exams, portfolio work, field and student teacher evaluations in addition to successful completion of the edTPA.  UWRF believes that completion of the edTPA will help candidates develop the confidence and skills they need to be successful in urban, suburban, and rural schools.  UWRF believes the edTPA:

  • Provides a uniform and evidence-based process that can be used across states to confirm that aspiring teachers demonstrate their readiness for the classroom
  • Measures candidates' ability to differentiate instruction for diverse learners, including English language learners and special education students.
  • Provides meaningful and consistent data that can be used to improve teacher education programs and renew program curriculum.
  • Creates a body of evidence of teacher performance.


If you have questions regarding the edTPA at UWRF, please contact the edTPA Coordinator:

Stacy Furness at