After more than four years of development and analysis, including two years of field testing with 12,000 teacher candidates, a new performance-based assessment to measure the classroom readiness of teachers now is fully operational and ready for use across the country. The assessment, edTPA™, was developed by hundreds of teachers and teacher educators in a process orchestrated by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), with support from AACTE.
It promises to transform the preparation and certification of new teachers by complementing written tests of subject knowledge with a classroom-based process that requires teacher candidates to demonstrate they can plan, teach and assess student learning effectively within their content areas.
"Today marks a milestone in education: we now have a uniform, evidence-based assessment that will help determine whether a teacher candidate will enter the classroom ready to teach from day one," said Sharon Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE.
"With edTPA fully operational, it offers teacher preparation providers meaningful and consistent data that can be used for curriculum improvement, program completion and other purposes. Also, edTPA will give providers and their local and state partners a common framework to know whether teacher candidates have the knowledge, skills and practice to be effective with PK-12 learners. Perhaps the most important benefit is to the candidates, as they will be confident about the skills and attributes they have developed in their program as they begin practice in their careers."
The national launch was announced today at a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. See the official press release here and the 2013 edTPA Field Test: Summary Report here.