edTPA Local Evaluation: Engaging Our Partners, Improving Our Practice

edTPA Local Evaluation: Engaging Our Partners, Improving Our Practice

John Louis Seelke (University of Maryland – College Park, USA) and Kelly Mills (University of Maryland, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9929-8.ch007
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Numerous teacher preparation programs now require teacher candidates to complete teacher performance assessments (TPA) to determine their readiness for the classroom. One of the newest assessments, edTPA, has been used by over 500 teacher preparation programs, with nine states setting policy tying the successful completion of edTPA to teacher licensure. While edTPA is considered an educative tool for teacher candidates, it has also become a tool for teacher preparation programs to improve and change, as well as engage with their district partners on teacher practice. This chapter will describe one university's story of edTPA local evaluation, including its decisions to use local mentor teachers and local National Board Certified (NBC) teachers to assess the edTPA. It will reveal how bringing partners together through local evaluation can create a common language for teacher preparation, empower actors (mentors, supervisors) to share their voices with university faculty, and help bridge the gap between a pre-service candidate's student teaching year and the first year of induction.
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Literature Review

While many scholars have studied the impact teacher performance assessments such National Board Certification, the InTASC portfolio/BEST, PACT or edTPA have had on pre-service or practicing teachers (Tracz, S.M, Sienty, S, Todorov, K, Snyder, J, Takashima, B, Pensabene, R, Olson, B, Pauls, L & Sork, J, 1995; Pechone and Stansbury, 1996; Chung, 2005; Pecheone and Chung, 2006; Chung, 2008, Newton, 2010; Peck, Singer-Gabella, Sloan & Lin, 2014), others have begun to note how the data gained from TPA evaluation could impact teacher preparation programs and their partners. This section touches on some of that literature and the role TPA have already played at some universities.

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