Revised Handbooks for 2013-14 Available Soon

2013-14 handbooks will be available in the Resource Library by 5pm EDT August 5, 2013. Please login to the account manager and take some time to ensure your profile information is up to date and that the correct membership usage level is noted for your institution in order to ensure continued access. If the membership level is incorrect, please ask your Dean to contact AACTE (email edtpa-online@aacte.org) with the correct membership level. For most states, the membership usage level will be Exploratory for the coming year except for Minnesota, Washington and New York who will be at Implementation.

SCALE has made only a few changes to handbooks for operational use in 2013-14. Informed by our experiences with benchmarking, training and scoring, new handbooks include minor changes to directions and prompts. These changes are intended to improve clarity for candidates, faculty and scorers.


edTPA Policy Advisory Board Brings Diverse Views

The list of edTPA Policy Advisory Board members has been added to our website. The 26 members will counsel the edTPA partners and ensure that edTPA continues to be developed and led by educators.

See the full list here.


Ohio should adopt tool to assess new teachers’ skills

Renee A. Middleton, Dean of the Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education at the University of Ohio, Athens, calls for statewide use of edTPA in this Columbus Dispatch op-ed :  Read the op-ed here.


AACTE and SCALE Launch New Membership Website

In order to provide edTPA users with updated resources and materials in one central location, AACTE and SCALE have launched a new membership driven website with varied access associated with the edTPA Usage Plan. The home page will continue to provide a variety of publicly available information about edTPA including background on edTPA development, FAQs and policies.

All current edTPA coordinators and members of TPAC Online will be messaged with easy directions for accessing the new site through a membership login. edTPA members at the introductory, exploratory, scaling up, and implementation levels will be able to use edTPA’s Online Community forum to collaborate, share ideas and resources, problem-solve issues in support of implementation, and ask questions of staff and peers. In addition, members will have access to edTPA’s Resource Library for handbooks, support webinars, research articles and additional resources developed by the profession for the profession to support educative implementation.


edTPA at AACTE Annual Meeting

Members from around the nation joined together at this year’s Annual Meeting to engage in conversations about edTPA, its impact, powerful potential, and usefulness as a tool to assess beginning teachers’ readiness to teach. Opening with a breakfast for members of the national Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC), representatives from the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), AACTE and Pearson updated members on edTPA’s current stage of development and implementation.


New Teacher Assessment Tool Making Headway in Education Programs

From Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Evelyn Perry — an administrator within the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University — first learned about a relatively new teacher assessment tool known as edTPA, her first reaction was, “This is a lot of work.”