Check out the edTPA Community Updates page for key announcements for edTPA implementers and participants. Please note that some of the announcements posted here are associated with various levels of the Usage Plan and will link to Introductory, Exploratory or Implementation level discussions in the Online Community or level appropriate materials in the Resource Library.

edTPA Helps Enhance Student Teaching

A recent feature story in Principal magazine highlights examples of P-12 and higher education programs collaborating to enhance the clinical experiences of teacher candidates.

Authored by Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the article explains how using edTPA in these sites has inspired P-12 schools and teacher prep faculty to work together in new ways.

“We now have a framework and structure. The guidelines are very clear,” says Susan Copeland, principal of the University of Memphis Campus School for the College of Education. Read the article here.


National Implementation Conference Seeking Proposals

The National edTPA Implementation Conference organized by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and AACTE will be held October 24–25, 2014, at the University of California, Los Angeles. This annual two-day gathering is open to higher education administrators, faculty, supervisors and state education agencies who are seeking to deepen their understanding of edTPA and network within a learning community of edTPA users.

Registration is now open.

Early Bird Deadline: September 8, 2014
Regular Registration Deadline: October 13, 2015

We are seeking presentation proposals to round out the conference program. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from implementers of edTPA addressing the guidelines described in the attachment below. We accept submissions on other topics that provide insight into the implementation process for attendees. Space is limited at the conference so not every submission can be accepted, but all will be considered.


Nearly 200 Educators From Mid-Atlantic Join Implementation Event

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.


Revised Handbooks for 2014-15 Available Soon

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.

Download the change list here.


MD Principal says edTPA Reflects Reality of Teaching

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.


New FAQs Respond to Educator Questions

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.