Two new resources are available to support the educative implementation of edTPA.
edTPA FAQ – The newly released edTPA FAQ compiles the most frequently asked questions about edTPA, including questions asked about edTPA implementation, edTPA handbooks, the research basis supporting edTPA, portfolio submission and scoring, edTPA partnerships, and using edTPA data as evidence for program accreditation.
edTPA By the Numbers – The 2015 edTPA By the Numbers highlights data from the Educative Assessment and Meaningful Support: 2015 Annual Administrative Report.
The Illinois State Board of Education hosted a webinar on September 23 to discuss how programs have incorporated edTPA results to help candidates create an early professional growth plan as they launch their teaching careers. A recording of Pathway to a Profession: Using edTPA Results to Chart a Professional Growth Plan is available here.
On September 20, Professor Etta Hollins, Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Andrea Whittaker of SCALE discussed how edTPA provides opportunities for candidates to focus on equitable teaching practices and introduced a community inquiry process. A recording of Discussion on edTPA, Equity, and Community Inquiry is available here.
As programs begin edTPA implementation for fall 2016, we want to draw your attention to the latest edTPA resources and updates for faculty, programs, and candidates. Updated Making Good Choices guidelines (general, Special Education, and Elementary-Task 4 versions), subject-specific Understanding Rubric Level Progressions resources, and Academic Language summary handouts are now available for 2016-17. These key documents are also summarized and linked within the Top 10 edTPA Resources list.
A new article in the Journal of Teacher Education takes a step back from the arguments in support of or in opposition to edTPA to explore the fundamental concepts of teaching upon which the performance-based assessment of teacher candidates was structured and built. The article is authored by Misty Sato, PhD, Associate Professor and Campbell Chair for Innovation in Teacher Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Read the abstract here, please note that you must be a JTE subscriber to download the entire article.
The National Board is currently revising their certification assessment and is seeking PK-12 teachers, as well as college and graduate students pursuing a teaching license, to volunteer to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process. If you are interested in pursuing National Board Certification, the field tests are your opportunity to rehearse the process at no cost and no risk.
The National Board is offering incentives for individuals to participate in the field test. Visit their web site to learn more about what you could win and how to participate.
Educators who have collaborated to develop, use and share edTPA encourage discussion about how edTPA is being implemented to support teacher candidates and preparation programs. Toward that end, this new Myths and Facts document is intended to promote accurate and informed conversation that gives faculty, policymakers, K-12 educators and others a full understanding of edTPA and why support for performance assessment of beginning teachers continues to grow. Read the document here.