25
Jul

Webinars Hosted for Participants

edTPA participants were able to attend a set of two recent webinars: the Beyond the Field Test: edTPA Usage Plan for 2012-2013 webinar, held on June 27th, and the Lessons Learned from the TPAC Field Test webinar, held on July 12th. We are pleased to be able to offer archives of these webinars in edTPA’s Resource Library.

22
May

Linda Darling-Hammond Interviewed in Educational Leadership Journal

An interview with Linda Darling-Hammond was recently featured in the May issue of ASCD‘s Educational Leadership journal. The interview, entitled The Challenges of Supporting New Teachers, provides insights into the preparation and support new teachers require, touching on the role of performance assessment prior to and during the first few years of teaching. The full article can be reviewed by clicking the link: The Challenges of Supporting New Teachers

08
May

A Message to AACTE Members about the TPA

It is important to offer comments regarding the work our colleagues have been engaged in to produce a nationally available performance assessment. A recent New York Times column positioned the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) as motivated or inspired by the commercial interests of one of the major test publishers. AACTE regards the TPA quite differently, viewing it as the result of hard work to create an essential tool using professional consensus. AACTE President and CEO Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., expanded on this perspective in a recent letter entitled “The Professional Community and the TPA.”

AACTE has also provided answers to common questions about the TPA here. We look forward to working together with you as colleagues to continue moving educator preparation toward program outcomes we are confident will push the needle on student achievement.

01
May

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Field Test Underway

Pearson’s press release announces that the field test for the Teacher Performance Assessment is under way. Pearson anticipates receiving nearly 10,000 candidate submissions from participating educator preparation programs across 25 states and 180 educator preparation programs. To view the press release in full, please click the following link:Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Field Test Underway

01
May

All National Teacher of the Year Finalists Prepared through Colleges and Schools of Education

Mieliwocki poses with President Obama at the National Teacher of the Year ceremony

AACTE celebrates the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Lynn Mieliwocki, the three additional finalists and the colleges and schools of education that had a hand in helping to prepare all of them for their flourishing teaching careers.

Mieliwocki, who is also the 2012 California Teachers of the Year, received her teaching credential in English in secondary education from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) College of Education.

30
Apr

AACTE and SCALE Celebrate Successful Progress for National Teacher Performance Assessment

AACTE and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) are eagerly supporting a nationwide field test of the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) that kicked off this spring.

The initiative has grown to now include more than 180 participating institutions in 25 states in the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC). Nearly 10,000 teacher candidates from across the country will submit their TPA artifacts during this spring’s field test. Results of the field test will be analyzed this summer to provide valuable reliability and validity data for continued development of the assessment.