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Ready2Teach FAQ

1. Who is eligible to participate in the Ready2Teach program at APSU?

Students who have successfully completed Milestone 3 in the teacher preparation process.

2. What is the benefit of Ready2Teach?

  • For teacher candidates, it offers a full year of in-classroom experience to prepare for a professional teaching career.
  • For partner schools, it adds a trained educator as a co-teacher to help students achieve to their fullest potential.
  •  For mentor teachers, it allows professional development to embrace the latest techniques proven to improve student achievement.

3. How does the edTPA represent “authentic teaching practices”?

The edTPA is designed to align with the authentic teaching practice of the teacher candidate. First, the tasks are integrated (that is, the learning goals, the instruction, and the student assessment are linked together) as they would be in the authentic work of a teacher. Second, each edTPA task requires the candidates to collect and submit direct evidence from the actual work of teaching, for example student work samples or video recording of the candidates engaged in instruction and interacting with students around the content learning goals. Third, the tasks represent not only the behaviors of the teacher, but also include the impact of the instruction on student learning as demonstrated through an analysis of student learning. And fourth, the instructional tasks are considered within the context of the subject matter content and learning goals. Given that the structure of teacher licensing in each state uses subject matter discipline or content specific categories, teacher candidates are seeking a license in a particular content field. Thus, this criterion aligns with the authentic work of teaching within a specific content-area.

4. Is the edTPA required for teacher licensure?

Yes. All Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) schools require the passing of the edTPA for teacher licensure.

5. How do the APSU scores compare to the state and national averages?

The edTPA scores provide data collection for the state and national levels for comparison at the local level. To access previous scores, go to:

edTPA Scores

6. What is the passing score for APSU currently (Spring 2015)?

The cut score is 39. The Retake Policy states that scores below 39 must remediate to obtain a passing score, so that licensure requirements are met. Students may have to resubmit to Pearson, the national scoring company, if remediation is not possible locally.

7. How does the edTPA assessment prepare candidates for being a teacher of record in their own classroom?

The edTPA correlates well to the TEAM (Tennessee Educator Assessment Model) evaluation, which prepares APSU teacher candidates to prepare for their actual teaching experiences before and after graduation. Good teaching involves appropriate planning, explicit instruction, and thoughtful assessment; the edTPA allows teacher candidates to demonstrate their proficiency in all