The Teacher Performance Assessment, known as 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.
edTPA is aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, state professional teaching standards, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards and the Common Core State Standards.
edTPA provides meaningful data to support teacher education programs as they evaluate, reflect on and continually improve their programs to ensure a relevant, integrated curriculum centered on student learning. For more information about edTPA, visit http://edtpa.aacte.org/.
Beginning January of 2014, completing edTPA and successfully submitting the edTPA electronic portfolio to Pearson for national scoring are program requirements for all WSU initial teacher licensure programs for which an edTPA handbook is available. The full cost of national scoring, approximately $300.00, will be charged to the candidate as a lab fee for the course in which edTPA is completed. In most cases, this will be the seminar course taken at the same time as student teaching.
Candidates' participation in this process is a valuable learning opportunity and provides excellent preparation for the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) and the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). edTPA will also provide evidence of a teacher’s readiness to enter the profession that can be acted upon to support candidate and program improvement.
We are proud of our involvement in edTPA, as one of the first institutions in Ohio to pilot the performance assessment, and look forward to improving our programs and supporting our candidates through our continued use of edTPA.