As we approach the middle of this academic year, please review the following edTPA related updates and news.
With almost 300 attendees, the PACT and edTPA Implementation Conference – Taking Stock and Looking Forward: Building on a Decade of Teacher Performance Assessment – brought together TPAC community members from across the country. Following a Keynote address by Linda Darling-Hammond, attendees engaged in workshops, interactive panel discussions, and presentations to support implementation efforts nationwide. Faculty, implementation support staff, and State and National Education Agency representatives participated in and attended sessions ranging from those broadly addressing questions for new implementers to logistic approaches to engaging p-12 partners and curriculum mapping. PowerPoint presentations from all sessions will be available this month at TPAC Online. An announcement will be posted when these become available.
Operational handbooks for sixteen content areas are now available. Please contact your edTPA Coordinator to access these materials. A list of available handbooks and accompanying release schedule can be found at TPAC Online under “Info” “Handbook Information.”
Release of edTPA Implementation Online Resource Series
To further support your implementation efforts, SCALE and AACTE are currently developing online resources created by faculty and staff who themselves support edTPA implementation at their own institutions. The first of these resources are now available at TPAC Online under “EDTPA RESOURCE SERIES” on the main navigation bar. These webinars, documents, and briefs provide the TPAC Online community with invaluable experience-generated ideas and tools for your use. While the series will continue its development throughout the year; each new resource will be posted as it is completed. Please go to TPAC Online to access currently available resources and to view upcoming resources in the series.
edTPA Sessions at AACTE's 65th Annual Meeting
AACTE’s 65th Annual Meeting will convene February 28-March 2, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. A pre-conference meeting and three edTPA-related concurrent sessions will occur prior to the Meeting’s official opening brunch. Please plan to attend one of the edTPA concurrent sessions from 9:00-10:15 on Thursday, February 28th. These sessions include: Policy After Practice: Addressing Sustainability in Non-Legislated States; Scaling up edTPA: Issues and Challenges; and Rubrics Orientation for IHEs Who Are Conducting Local Evaluation (scorer rubric workshop). There will be a number of edTPA-related sessions during the meeting, as well, including an interactive panel featuring current teachers who completed edTPAs during their teacher preparation programs, a session examining edTPA and social justice, and collaborations among IHEs to support implementation efforts. For more information visit the AACTE Annual Meeting Website.
NCATE Standards and edTPA Alignment
Two documents are available to make visible the alignment between NCATE Standards and edTPA rubrics and evidence. Frequently Asked Questions about this alignment as well as a chart of the alignment are both available on TPAC Online (“Info”, “Documents”).
Extended Field Test
Following a successful field test in spring 2012, during which more than 7,000 candidates, 180 institutions and 20 states participated, SCALE announces the opportunity for continued involvement with edTPA™ through 2013. As of this writing, approximately 4,000 candidates in Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington are expected to participate in spring 2013 field testing activities. Data from field testing will inform national Standard Setting in June 2013 and will provide participating states with relevant information for policy decision-making.
For institutions that will not be included in the extended field test but had planned for candidate submissions to Pearson for scoring in spring 2013, please note that submissions cannot be accepted prior to fall 2013. Please consider repurposing any institutional funds set aside for this purpose to local evaluation training for faculty, data retreats, or other professional and program development uses. SCALE will provide local evaluation and feedback protocols to states and IHEs in early 2013, and offer guidance for faculty and supervisors to review candidate samples in relation to rubric levels.
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