More than 180 teacher preparation faculty members and administrators from across the Atlantic region and beyond gathered at Morgan State University in Baltimore June 5-6 to share and compare strategies for using edTPA to support and improve teacher candidate preparation.
Consistent with the commitment to an assessment “by the profession, for the profession”, SCALE and AACTE have been archiving email (from faculty, candidates and program leaders) and edTPA Online Community questions/comments about handbook prompts, rubrics and directions throughout our first operational year. These questions and comments along with input from scorers, benchmarkers, trainers and master coders of scoring training materials, inform changes to edTPA.
“Refreshed” handbooks with edits for clarity are currently in production and will be released over the summer in three stages: June 23, 2014, mid July 2014, and early August 2014 with the highest incidence fields released in June. Please see the “change list resource,” a document that explains all edits in the refreshed handbooks. The changes are intended both to increase clarity and comprehensibility for candidates, faculty and scorers, and to increase alignment between directions, prompts and rubrics. All changes are minor and rubric constructs are being held constant in all fields. The 2014-15 handbooks are considered equivalent to the current 2013-14 operational handbooks.
Niki T. Brown, principal of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Elementary in Prince George’s County, MD, is impressed by the quality and skills of first year teachers who took edTPA. Ms. Brown asked to be trained in local scoring of edTPA portfolios to understand how new teachers are prepared and supported as part of edTPA. “My lens is different because I’m an administrator. But my first question is, ‘Why isn’t everybody doing this?’” View her video testimonial or read her case study.
As follow up to the edTPA breakfast meeting at the AACTE annual meeting last month, SCALE, AACTE and Pearson have prepared responses to questions posed by breakfast participants. Included in the Breakfast Q and A document is a link to a new resource on edTPA and the teacher education curriculum developed for SCALE by edTPA national design team member Mistilina Sato (University of Minnesota). We offer both new documents as sources for programs to share with faculty, P-12 partners and other stakeholders as they engage in educative implementation of edTPA. Please join us in the Online Community with your additional questions or comments about questions and answers.
The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity has released guidance to help states and educator preparation programs successfully implement edTPA. The recommendations reflect the input of the edTPA Policy Advisory Board and cover several aspects of implementation, including timelines, performance standards and activities to prepare for edTPA. The recommendations are being shared with state education agencies and institutions of higher education. Download the recommendations.
In a new set of video interviews, faculty and administrators from teacher preparation programs across the nation talk about how they are using data and the lessons learned from edTPA to build greater collaboration across their programs, adjust curriculum and improve how they support teacher candidates. The videos were recorded during the 2013 edTPA National Implementation Conference in San Diego and reflect many of the themes and takeaways from conference presentations. See the videos here.