edTPA Alignment Table Welcome Letter

Dear Colleague,

Thank you and welcome to the edTPA Alignment work group!

With the implementation of the edTPA, new developments have surfaced related to its use with pre-service candidates seeking to exit preparation programs with multiple endorsements. As some of you may be aware, at the July 2012 PESB meeting, PESB Members directed staff to convene a stakeholder work group to examine the use of the TPA and student teaching placements for pre-service candidates seeking to exit preparation programs with multiple endorsements. At the meeting PESB staff presented tables with initial recommendations for the following types of endorsement parings:

  • Alignment tables of related endorsements (e.g. mathematics and chemistry);
  •  Alignment tables of somewhat related endorsements (e.g. middle level math and chemistry);
  •  Alignment tables of unrelated endorsements (e.g. mathematics and history).
The PESB has directed staff to convene a stakeholder work group to review the alignment tables and provide recommendations for the Board’s consideration related to the number and types of placements, WEST-E assessments and TPA’s required for candidates seeking to exit programs with multiple endorsements.

To assist us in communicating our progress related to this charge to your constituencies and the field, PESB staff has established a web page for this work group at:

https://sites.google.com/a/pesb.wa.gov/assessment/home/wk-grps/edtpa-align-tbls

We request that you visit the webpage and read though the expectations for the work group that we have posted there. We will utilize the this webpage as our main vehicle of communication related to our work, so please take a few minutes to visit the link and familiarize yourself with the information that is posted there.

We have scheduled the initial and only face to face meeting for the work group for Oct. 3, 2012, from 9:00-4:00 at OSPI in Olympia. The purpose of this first meeting is to establish the background and protocols for our work moving forward. We realize that this date may not work with everyone’s schedule so we have established additional ways for members to participate.

In addition to the face to face meeting in Olympia, the meeting will be available to work group participants in two additional modalities. We ask that you select the most convenient modality for you to participate on Oct. 3rd.
  1. In person
  2. Via Go to Meeting webinar
  3. Via k-20 network
For participants who plan on attending the meeting in person, PESB will pay mileage reimbursement (up to 300 miles). Those participating by Go To Meeting or k20 network, we will send you the pertinent logistical/log in/connectivity information to you at a later date. Lunch will be on your own. It is our understanding that some ESD’s charge for K-20 access. If you choose to access the meeting via K-20 network at a site where charges apply, please note that PESB does not have the ability to pay for these usage fees.

At this time we would ask that you reply to this e-mail and let us know the following information:

Name
How you will be joining us on October 3rd
  • Face to face
  • Go To Meeting
  • K20 network (name of network site you will be using)

Once again, on behalf of PESB, we would like to thank you for your willingness to assist with this important work.

Best regards,
Patti Larriva
Mea Moore