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Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

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Welcome to the CSU College of Education edTPA website.  The purpose of this site is to provide our teacher candidates, CSU faculty, and cooperating partners with the latest information and resources on this required evidence-based assessment.

What is edTPA?

The edTPA is a content specific; performance based national assessment for teacher candidates’ readiness to teach. The assessment requires teacher candidates to gather and use evidence of student engagement and learning. The assessment is modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) performance assessment for experienced teachers and draws from research on effective teaching.  Currently 38 states and the District of Columbia are in various stages of implementing edTPA as an assessment of candidate performance.

edTPA is a subject-specific assessment with versions in 27 different teaching fields that require state licensure (e.g. Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Childhood, Secondary, Special Education, Physical Education, Library Specialist, and World Language, etc.,).  edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that document and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.

The edTPA assessment measures five discrete but interrelated dimensions of teaching:

The edTPA assessment measures five discrete but interrelated dimensions of teaching

Planning for Instruction and Assessment, candidates provide evidence of their ability to select, adapt, or design learning tasks and assessments that offer all students equitable access to curriculum content.  Artifacts include three – five consecutive lesson plans, instructional material, student assignments/assessments, and written planning commentary.

Instruction and Engaging Students in Learning, candidates provide evidence of their ability to engage students in meaningful learning task and demonstrate how they facilitate students' developing understanding of the content. Artifacts include one or two unedited video clips of 15-20 minutes from one of the three consecutive learning segments and written instructional commentary.

Assessment of Student Learning, candidates demonstrate how they analyze their students’ learning and use assessment information to plan future instruction. Artifacts include classroom assessments of the whole class and cases of individual student learning over time (evaluation criteria), student work samples, evidence of the teacher candidate’s feedback, and written assessment commentary.

Analyzing Teaching, Candidates reflect on and analyze evidence of the effects of instruction on student learning.

Academic Language, Candidates demonstrate their ability to expand students’ language repertoire for the content domain.

edTPA at CSU

The College of Education combined with the College of Arts and Sciences understands that the edTPA is the culminating assessment for teacher candidates during pre-service experience.  Therefore, the edTPA Steering Committee developed principles, practices, and various components of the project throughout the educational program from the clinical and pedagogical courses to the culmination.   

Faculty

CSU campus-based supervisors and faculty play an integral role in the edTPA initiative.  The information compiled on the Chicago State University edTPA site was designed to assist faculty and the campus-based supervisors in successful implementation in their licensure program.  The resources presented are not an exhaustive compilation.  We have tried to select the most recent and most relevant sources to highlight here.  New resources will be added as they become available.  We do encourage CSU faculty to join edTPA.aacte.org.

Resources for CSU Faculty and Staff

Teacher Candidates

The edTPA was legislated by 105 ILCS 5/21B-30 (f) (from SB 1799) to say beginning on September 1, 2015, all teacher candidates completing  teacher preparation programs in Illinois are required to pass an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.  Chicago State University is committed to this endeavor. 

CSU began piloting edTPA and developing plans for full implementation in 2012.  Since the inception, CSU faculty and staff began adopting edTPA for educator preparation programs, our teacher candidate’s supports, educating our cooperating partnerships, and building the required infrastructures necessary to support adoption and implementation by all teacher preparation programs within the university.    

The edTPA program specific handbooks and templates are located in LiveText.  This page is designed for CSU teacher candidate’s to locate resources and supports.  For additional information, please visit edTPA.com.

Resources for Teacher Candidates

Partners

The edTPA was legislated by 105 ILCS 5/21B-30 (f) (from SB 1799) to say beginning on September 1, 2015, all teacher candidates completing  teacher preparation programs in Illinois are required to pass an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.  Chicago State University is committed to this endeavor.

The cooperating partners (field-based supervisors and building administrators) play an integral role in the edTPA initiative.  If you are a P–12 teacher who supervises or building principal, you will see how edTPA creates a rigorous and meaningful experience for aspiring teachers and students.  Teacher candidates will develop lesson plans and deliver instruction consistent with your school’s standards and curricula.

The Role of the Cooperating Partners:

  1. Work with the teacher candidate to identify the focus lessons and class.
  2. Assist teacher candidates early on with gathering information about the student backgrounds.
  3. Guide understanding of curriculum organization in your classroom/school/district.
  4. Understand that teacher candidate must secure video permission using the ISBE provided form.
  5. Assist the candidate in recording the video segments.
  6. Offer emotional support.

Resources for School Partners

Parents/Guardian

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Illinois participates in edTPA™, which means that, in order to complete a student teaching assignment, the teacher candidate has to complete an assessment called the Teacher Performance Assessment.  This assessment includes submitting a short video recording of him/her teaching a series of lessons in the classroom and examples of student work completed.  In the course of recording his/her teaching, your child may appear on the video.  The teacher candidate will gather samples of student work to submit as evidence of his/her teaching practice, which may include some of your child’s work.  This is not an assessment of your child’s performance.  This is an assessment of teacher candidate instruction, which is required for him/her to obtain an Illinois Teacher Licensure.

No student’s name will appear on any materials that are submitted, and materials will be kept confidential at all times.  The video recordings and student work the candidate teacher submits will not be made public in any way.  Materials the candidate teacher submits will be reviewed by content-specific program at Chicago State University, and they may be used by test developers under secure conditions for edTPA program development and implementation, including scorer training, and to support continued program improvement activities such as future validity and reliability studies.

You will be provided a parental/guardian consent form to include your child in the video and his/her class work.  If you have additional questions, you may contact Chicago State University edTPA coordinator, Dr. Ty Jiles, tjiles@csu.edu, 773-995-3749.  In addition, you are welcome to visit edTPA.com.

Contact Us

Dr. Ty Jiles

edTPA Coordinator

College of Education

Chicago State University

Email:tjiles@csu.edu

Phone:773-995-3749