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 is 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)
CTs letter with video tutorial links -- by
Susan Faller,Southern Oregon University
Guidance for cooperating teachers --
edTPA Cooperating Teachers brochure
Getting started: edTPA overview and where to begin
State requirements: Requirements and assessments for your state
Candidate policies: Requirements for participation in edTPA
Prepare: Online training for the Pearson ePortfolio system
Requesting alternative arrangements: Policies for alternative arrangements
Registering: Register for edTPA (see, too, the Registration Tutorial, below)
Authorization keys: Get your authorization key
Scoring: Access your edTPA Score Profile and testing history
Elementary Education Overview (video, 2:58)
Video provided by Susan Faller, Southern Oregon University
Faculty policies: Guidelines for participating in edTPA
Faculty resources: Learn about using the Pearson ePortfolio system
Technical assistance: Troubleshooting and customer support
edTPA reporting: Reporting for Educator Preparation Programs
General information about edTPA
Evaluation and scoring
Paying for edTPA
Confidentiality and security policy
This link goes to the AACTE Resources Library.
An AACTE account is required to access the library.
Upon gaining access to the library, search for handbook.
National Academy Consultant: Consultants are available to consult on a variety of topics, either in person or via online webinars. Possible sessions include edTPA handbook and rubric deep dives, academic language, navigating implementation, integrating edTPA data, and local evaluation.
Requires AACTE account and password.
Online community forum: Share ideas and resources, problem-solve issues, and ask questions of staff and peers.
Requires AACTE account and password.
Performance Assessment Resource Bank: This is a free online resource for K-12 teachers, administrators, and policy-makers.
Includes links to:
- Performance Tasks
- Portfolio Frameworks
- Learning Progressions & Frameworks
- Developing Performance Tasks and Rubrics
- Scoring Performance Tasks and Designing Instruction
- Policy & Research
Submission and reporting dates:2018-19
Talking about edTPA
Teachers who oversee Teacher candidates
Teachers who Support Teacher Candidates
Top 10 edTPA resources -- includes:
When first exploring and introducing edTPA to candidates, faculty, and stakeholders:
- edTPA orientation webinar for program leaders, faculty, and P-12 partners
- Academic Language webinar
- 2015 Administrative Report
When preparing candidates to submit edTPA portfolios:
- Making Good Choices
- Understanding rubric level progressions
- Cooperating Teacher and Administrator documents
- Local Evaluation rubrics and samples (for faculty)
When offering candidates extended support and further examining portfolio ubmissions:
- Acceptable Support Guidelines (for faculty)
- Retake guidelines (for faculty)
- Professional Growth Plan for Induction
Video Privacy InformationIncludes links to:
Securing Personal Information in Performance Assessment of Teacher Candidates
Nine Principles for Using Classroom Video in Performance Assessment of Teacher Candidates
What You Need to Know About Privacy and Classroom Video Recordings for Teacher Preparation
For PK-12 administrators
- For educator preparation providers
- For Cooperating Teachers
- For national education leaders
- For parents
- For policy makers
Questions: Contact Candace Robbecke
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.
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 entitled: “Education: Additional Resources Need to Improve Teacher Preparation and Professional Development." 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 ed/TPA 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 (non-consequential):
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.