"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:
Megan Cunningham, APSU Class of 2011, explains how completing the edTPA prepared her so well for her first year of teaching in this video:
"Making Good Choices: A Support Guide for edTPA Candidates" leads teacher candidates through the edTPA process with professional guidance. Following is the updated version: Making Good Choices (9/2015) Special education teacher candidates also have access to a specific version that guides their edTPA decision: Making Good Choices: SPED (9/2015)
Following is a graphic of the "big picture" of the edTPA process: