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What is edTPA?

edTPA is a student teacher performance assessment developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE). edTPA is a summative capstone assessment to evaluate a teacher's preparation. It is also a source of evidence for program review, teacher licensure, and/or state and national accreditation. edTPA has been available nationally since the beginning of the 2012 academic year.

edTPA was non-consequential for Oregon teacher candidates in 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 and was consequential in 2018-19, effective September 1, 2018.

Minimum passing scores (aka cut scores) are:
     29 for 13-rubric handbooks;
     35 for 15-rubric handbooks; and
     42 for 18-rubric handbooks.

The edTPA assessment process requires teacher candidates to demonstrate they have the skills needed to help all students learn. It was developed by teachers and teacher educators from 22 states and 160 institutions of higher education for use nationwide.

The edTPA Process:

  • Identifies and collects subject-specific evidence of effective teaching from a learning segment of 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction for one class of students.
  • Requires teacher candidates to submit authentic artifacts from a clinical field experience.
  • Candidates also submit a video and commentaries that provide a rationale to support their instructional practices, based on their students' learning strengths and needs.
  • Candidates' evidence is evaluated and scored within five dimensions of teaching:
    • Planning instruction and assessment;
    • Instructing and engaging students in learning;
    • Assessing student learning;
    • Analysis of teaching effectiveness; and
    • Academic language development.  

edTPA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Information about edTPA -- Powerpoint

A Guide to Explaining edTPA in Oregon

Resources The target audience for this site is EPP program faculty and staff. The target audience for this site is teacher candidates, although there is a Faculty tab with information for EPPs.

Candidate policies (This is a link to the website.)

Consent letters -- fillable forms:

Consent letters -- regular forms:


Faculty resources


Fees and payment options (including vouchers)

Guidance for P-12 administrators and leaders -- edTPA brochure


  • Handbooks list for Oregon -- List of Oregon edTPA handbooks.
    • edTPA handbooks approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
    • Candidates: Be sure to confirm the appropriate edTPA portfolio handbook with your faculty advisor before registering for the assessment.
  • Handbooks: This link goes to the Resources Library. An account is required to access this material.

Informational videos and podcasts for candidates: Provided by Susan Faller, Southern Oregon University 

Retake instructions (pdf)

Submission and reporting dates information

Teachers who oversee Teacher candidates

Top 10 edTPA resources

Questions: Contact Wayne Strickland (policy matters) or Candace Robbecke (process matters)


edTPA was collaboratively designed by teacher educators and teachers under the coordination of Stanford University and with support from the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). As an operational partner, Pearson will deliver assessment materials, online technology, program resources, and other support required for multistate use of the edTPA program.

The assessment draws from experience gained over a 25-year history developing performance-based assessments of teaching, including the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT).

For more information, visit the national edTPA website.

Oregon background


The Commission discussed implementation of a statewide performance assessment over the course of nine Commission meetings.

The Commission encouraged Oregon institutions to participate in early pilot and field tests for edTPA. Resources and trainers from Stanford university were provided to assist with the pilot and field tests.

In August 2013, the Secretary of State's office published an audit of Oregon teacher preparation. The audit findings indicated there was a lack of support in the K-12 field for teacher preparation and the state did not have any definitive evidence to “prove" that new teacher candidates met rigorous standards for preparation.

The Commission adopted edTPA as the required performance assessment for all initial teacher preparation programs as a program completion requirement.


Communication began in the field with school districts, teachers, and parents regarding implementation of edTPa. IHEs were encouraged to have candidates take the edTPA to assess their progress in adding the assessment to completion requirements.


All programs will be provided training to implement the edTPA. Communication will continue with districts, teachers, and parents regarding the edTPA.

Spring 2016
-- 30% of candidates must take the edTPA for program completion. The edTPA results will be evaluated regarding each institution's progress toward implementation.

2016-2017 & 2017-2018 

The passage of edTPA is required for all new candidates for program completion.


EPPs began using cut scores, non-consequential, effective January 1, 2018.

Cut-scores became consequential effective September 1, 2018.