FAQ

 

General Information

What is edTPA?
Who created edTPA?
What is edTPA designed to achieve?
How is edTPA constructed and used?
What are the standards upon which edTPA is based?
Does edTPA take the place of faculty observation of candidates' clinical experience?
What subjects are available for edTPA?
Who is participating in edTPA?
 

Partner Roles in edTPA

What is AACTE's role in edTPA?
What is Stanford University's role in edTPA?
What is the role of Evaluation Systems?
Will the Pearson platform replace other electronic portfolio vendors for edTPA?
Who actually owns edTPA?
 

Teacher Education Curriculum

Will edTPA replace our current assessments?
Will the adoption of edTPA detract from other important parts of our program?
Will we have to redirect resources from other curriculum to be able to support edTPA?
How do we avoid the dreaded idea of "teaching to the test"?
Won't edTPA lead teacher education toward a standardized curriculum to which all institutions will have to conform?
What is the underlying conception of teaching of edTPA? What is the assessment aiming to measure about teaching?
How does edTPA represent "authentic teaching practices"?
 

Submitting and Scoring edTPA

Who scores portfolios?
Is feedback given to candidates? If so, how?
What are the expected pass rates for edTPA?
How can teacher preparation programs utilize their candidates' results from edTPA?
 

Leveraging edTPA Data into Programs

What is the benefit of a national assessment like edTPA?
Why are educator preparation programs supporting edTPA?
Is edTPA valid and reliable?
 

Costs Associated with edTPA

What are the costs associated with edTPA?
What are some recommendations for dealing with the costs associated with edTPA?
 

Security, Video, and edTPA

What policies are in place to ensure the confidentiality and security of edTPA candidate materials and assessment data, including access to and use of video recordings?
What if a candidate's classroom contains students who may not be filmed (witness protection program, religious objections, etc.)?
How may the video clips submitted with a candidate's portfolio be structured?
 

State Policy

How are states using edTPA for program approval and/or licensure?
What value does edTPA add to the current set of assessments (state assessments of basic skills, subject-matter competence, course assignments, student teaching evaluations) that teacher candidates need to pass for an initial license?
How do edTPA policies for implementation, support, consequences and timelines vary by state?