The edTPA helps prepare our state’s fabulous preservice teachers.
We’ve been involved with the implementation of the edTPA™ in Washington state since the very beginning, with a focus to better ensure that teachers beginning their careers are truly prepared to teach effectively. The edTPA requires teacher candidates to demonstrate the skills needed to enter the classroom ready to help all their students learn.
Washington’s legislature has mandated the use of a performance-based assessment of teacher candidates and the Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB) has adopted the edTPA as the approved assessment to meet this mandate. It’s modeled after the National Board Certification process and is part of a national effort to define a single instrument to be used to evaluate beginning teachers.
The edTPA is completed during the student teaching placement. Regardless of grade level, the edTPA requires teacher candidates to describe, analyze, and evaluate the teaching of a “learning segment” in their student-teaching classrooms and provide supporting evidence from their classrooms (video and artifacts) to illustrate their effectiveness. This becomes the student’s “portfolio.”
The portfolio is submitted to an external scorer (Pearson). A passing score is required for certification. PESB has set a statewide passing score of 40 or higher on Rubrics 1-15 of the Washington version of edTPA handbooks.
If candidates do not receive a passing score, remediation and re-submission is required and handled on a case-by-case basis.