The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) would like to invite higher education administrators and instructors who use edTPA, as well as teacher educators, veteran K-12 teachers and other stakeholders to be part of the edTPA National Academy of consultants.
The National Academy will provide a network of expert teachers and higher education faculty to support the implementation of edTPA in teacher preparation programs nationwide. National Academy members will serve as trainers or benchmarkers, provide implementation support and become national leaders within a professional learning community.
One of the nation’s leading education publications has written an extensive story about edTPA’s development and rollout, noting that “proponents believe it could launch new ways of defining and measuring teaching practices in ways that professions like medicine and nursing have used for decades.”
The publication Education Week outlined the details of the new edTPA performance standard in the story, and cites interviews with new teachers who went through the edTPA process who said that though the assessment was challenging, it was useful. Added Alyssa Thompson, a first-year biology teacher and graduate of Illinois State University: “edTPA is hard, but becoming a professional should be hard.”