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Students prepare video clips for Task 2 in edTPA



"The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) has partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and Pearson to create and deliver a reliable and valid performance assessment system for enhancing the quality of teachers in the United States. SCALE developed a pre-service teacher assessment system that is nationally available for states and teacher preparation programs to use in program improvement, licensure, and accreditation." (Source: Scale website)

For an overview of the history and purpose of the edTPA program, click here. This edTPA orientation for program leaders and faculty members became available in July 21015 and is a comprehensive explanation of the assessment.

Austin Peay's College of Education has incorporated the edTPA preparation program throughout the education curriculum to prepare students to excel in the edTPA assessment and the classroom. The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) requires teacher preparatory programs to assess their teacher candidates' readiness to teach using this authentic assessment, in which local candidates' scores may be compared to state and national scores. Additionally, it correlates with the TEAM (Tennessee Educator Assessment Model) evaluation tool, which prepares the candidate for their own assessments in the classroom.

To understand the various stages of the edTPA, visit the linked "Task" pages:

Task 1: Planning Instruction and Assessment

Task 2: Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning

Task 3: Assessing Student Learning

Megan Cunningham, APSU Class of 2011, explains how completing the edTPA prepared her so well for her first year of teaching in this video:

Dr. Lisa Barron,  Coordinator of Clinical Teaching in the Office of Clinical Teaching, helped author a guide for students titled "Making Good Decisions: A Support Guide for the Teacher Performance Assessment" that leads teacher candidates through the edTPA process with professional guidance. Following is the updated (9/2014) version (makinggoodchoices-sept-2014.pdf). Special education students now have access to a specific version that guides their edTPA decision as well (spemaking-good-choices-sept-20141.pdf).

Following is a graphic of the "big picture" of the edTPA process:

edTPA task graphic

Getting Ready for the edTPA PowerPoint presentations are a great way for Residency teacher candidates to preview the requirements and process for completing the edTPA:

Getting Ready for the edTPA: Part 1

This presentation, "Seeing the Big Picture", is designed to give an overview of the edTPA process to teacher candidates, school partners, and university supervisors.

Getting Ready for the edTPA: Part 2

"Using the edTPA as a Resource" is intended to support the teacher candidate and university supervisors in addressing details in the handbooks and templates.

Getting Ready for the edTPA: Part 3

"Organizing for Success & Providing Guidance & Support: The Cooperating Teacher’s Role" provides a springboard for discussion between the candidate and cooperating teacher for support in the classroom to complete the edTPA assessment. It details appropriate levels of support and gives the mentor teacher guidelines for how to help the candidate.

For teacher candidates who wish to learn how recent New York state candidates viewed their progress through the edTPA, follow this link: