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.

New edTPA Webinars Recorded in September

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.


Updated edTPA Implementation Resources for Fall 2016

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.


Educators and Teacher Candidates experiences with edTPA

The 2016 edTPA National Implementation Conference was the perfect opportunity to ask educators and teacher candidates to describe their experiences with edTPA. These conversations covered topics ranging from how to promote effective beginning teaching for all students to strengthening partnerships between P12 schools and educator preparation programs.

These informative conversations are captured in these new videos:

  • edTPA: Strengthening P-12 and Educator Preparation Program Partnerships
  • edTPA: Promoting Effective Teaching for all P-12 Students
  • edTPA: Informing Meaningful Change in Educator Preparation Programs
  • Kennesaw State University Graduates Reflect on edTPA

2016-17 Handbooks Now Available

The "refreshed" 2016-17 handbooks and templates for all fields (National and Washington versions) are now available in the edTPA Resource Library. These handbooks and templates will be posted to edTPA integrated Platform Provider systems and the Pearson ePortfolio system for candidates in late June/early July 2016. Candidates should use the 2015-16 handbooks through the posted August 2016 submission dates. The 2016-17 handbooks will go into effect in September 2016.


Academic Language Summary Handouts

New Resource!!! SCALE has created a set of academic language resources for the majority of edTPA subject areas. These handouts summarize the concept of academic language within the context of edTPA and provide subject-specific examples of language functions, demands, and supports. We encourage faculty/programs to use and share this go-to resource when discussing the role of academic language in edTPA with candidates.


Register for National edTPA Implementation Conference

The annual National edTPA Implementation Conference will be held March 31 – April 2, 2016, at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, GA. The conference, Building Bridges to Highly Accomplished Teaching: From Pre-Service to Teacher Leader, is open to the P-12 community, higher education faculty, supervisors and administrators and state education agencies. Click here for information and to register. For other questions, contact Nicole Merino at

For a full description of the conference—click here.