Overall, there will be no changes to national edTPA handbook content for all subject areas in fall 2018. There are also virtually no changes to Making Good Choices, Understanding Rubric Level Progressions (URLPs), and academic language handout content. The handbooks and templates, along with those key resources, are getting minor formatting updates to ensure that they are accessibility-friendly and have updated copyright/version labeling. Accessible versions of the national handbooks, templates and support resources (except for ELE) will be posted in the AACTE Resource Library in May 2018. All materials for all fields will be available for candidates to use for submissions beginning in September 2018. We encourage you to check the errata, which are updated on a regular basis, to see a list of any minor subject-specific corrections and clarifications. The errata include a versions chart, which you can compare to the version number on the cover of the handbooks to ensure you are using the latest ones.



As the designers and developers of edTPA, SCALE regularly seeks input from the field to inform assessment improvements. We see this feedback as critical to our commitment to support programs and candidates as they implement edTPA and prepare to serve students. We are currently gathering input on how to make the assessment more user-friendly and easier to navigate, while preserving its core structure and rubric constructs.
Please note that any changes we make will not affect the reliability and validity of the established edTPA rubrics. The proposed updates focus on streamlining handbook format, directions, and prompts to increase clarity. Our primary goal is to improve candidate engagement with the educative elements of the assessment – in other words, to grow and learn from edTPA as they reflect on their beginning teaching. Click here to take a brief 5-minute survey about these proposed updates at your earliest convenience.



SCALE will convene the annual Teacher Performance Assessment Conference on October 19-20, 2018, in San Jose, CA. The event will be preceded by an invitation-only preconference day at Stanford University on October 18. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from implementers of edTPA, the P-12 community, and all individuals who support teachers and teacher candidates with performance assessment. This year, we are also excited to invite proposals from our international colleagues and educators who are involved with teacher performance assessment and evaluation on a global level. Please click here for more information about the 2018 conference and the call for proposals. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 15, 2018.


2018 National edTPA Implementation Conference – Date Announced

On October 19-21, 2018, the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity and AACTE will host the annual edTPA Implementation Conference for the edTPA consortium in the San Francisco Bay Area. The edTPA conference is an annual multi-day gathering of higher education administrators, faculty and supervisors, state education agencies and P-12 community members who are seeking to deepen their understanding of teacher performance assessment and network within a learning community of edTPA users.

The conference includes a keynote, welcome session, concurrent sessions, a plenary policy panel, and an evening reception. Attendees will have great opportunities to exchange ideas about edTPA implementation with a common goal of supporting candidates and teacher education programs with an educative experience related to examining evidence of learning and practice. This year’s conference will also include a focus on the performance assessment occurring internationally. We look forward to seeing you in October! Stay tuned for more information.


Save the Dates! Upcoming edTPA Regional Conferences

2018 edTPA Southeastern Regional Conference
Pre-Conference: April 5, 2018
Conference: April 6-7, 2018
Location: Renaissance Ross Bridge Gold Resort and Spa, Birmingham, Alabama
Click here to review the agenda and register.


Annual Administrative Report on edTPA® Data Shows Continued Growth and Support for the First Nationally Available Assessment of Teacher Candidates

November 3, 2017

Contact: Adam Bradley, 301-656-0348  Adam@thehatchergroup.com

WASHINGTON – Nov. 3, 2017 – A newly released public report on the third full year of edTPA implementation provides a detailed picture to date of edTPA’s continued expansion and support as the first nationally available performance-based assessment and support system for teacher licensure, program completion and accreditation. Nearly 35,000 candidate portfolios are included in the findings, and analyses are presented in the report to reaffirm reliability and consistency of scoring, examine evidence of validity and document trends in candidate performance by demographic group.

Growing Use of edTPA

edTPA, exclusively owned by Stanford University and developed by educators for educators, has been used operationally to assess teacher candidates since fall 2013; it is now used by educator preparation programs in 40 states. Membership in the edTPA online community, first launched in 2011, has grown to about 9,700 faculty from more than 750 educator preparation programs, the report notes. The extensive support infrastructure available to edTPA members includes more than 170 resources that have been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times.