edTPA Policies 

Note: Questions about an individual's certificate or testing status should be directed to the OSPI Certification office.

PESB staff will be sending out updates and policy adoptions as new information is available. The list below represents the policy decisions that have been made to date:

 Policy Board meeting
 Established Board’s plan for use of field trial data related to all or portions of edTPA as initially consequential to candidates September 2011
 Approved award of clock hours for educators scoring the edTPA January 2012
 Determined continued use of the existing performance-based pedagogy assessment for purposes of adding endorsements via  Pathway 2 until March 2016. In the meantime, charged staff with searching for other measures of working with Stanford on use  of portions of edTPA for this purpose March 2012
 Established an unlimited retake policy May 2012
 Candidates are  assigned to either the literacy or mathematics elementary education edTPA. Data of institutions' balance of  edTPA literacy and mathematics will be delivered to the Board annually.  updated May 2013
 Preservice candidates exiting their teacher prep program with multiple endorsements are required to take one edTPA in one of  the endorsements they are seeking. Board approved the recommendations for the edTPA alignment table, with the  understanding the tables are recommendations and not requirements. The Board will be updated with stakeholders'  feedback  in one year.   Staff  was directed to prepare scenarios (top 5 frequently combined endorsements) which might guide  candidates who are contemplating exiting their program with multiple endorsements. March 2013
 Board confirmed edTPA consequential date of January 2014 for all preservice candidates. Some subjects will be  consequential beginning January 2014:
 Elementary Literacy, Elementary Math, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Math, Secondary ELA, Secondary Science,  Secondary History/Social Studies, K12 Performing Arts, Special Education, K12 Physical Education, and World Language.
Candidates will continue to submit portfolios in all areas so assessments may be scored and institutions will use vendor scores to determine if candidates have satisfactorily met the assessment requirement for program completion.
 September 2013
 Institutions will provide a scenario document for candidates exiting a program with multiple endorsements as guidance for  candidates.   September 2013
 During the November meeting the following items were approved by the Board:
  • The student voice rubrics will not be consequential for candidates but
    • Candidates will continue to submit portfolios that address the student voice prompts,
    • Vendor will continue to score student voice rubrics,
    • Staff will return annually with student voice data,
    • Members will consider taking action on student voice rubrics in three years.
  • The passing score for the edTPA is 35 and will be consequential beginning January 2014.
  • The passing score for the World Language and Classical Language edTPAs will be 30 and will be consequential beginning January 2014. 
During the July 2015 meeting the following was adopted by the Board:
  • The passing score for the edTPA will be 35 during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic year.  World and Classical Language edTPAs will be 30.
  • The passing score for the edTPA will be raised to 40 beginning the 2017/18 academic year. (World and Classical Language edTPAs will be 34. 
  • Student voice will continue to not be consequential for candidates but 
    • Candidates will continue to submit portfolios that address the student voice prompts,
    • Vendor will continue to score student voice rubrics,
    • Student voice committee will return with their recommendations for the Board's consideration at the September 2015 meeting. 
 November 2013                                    Update July 2015                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Amendment to WAC 181-78A-264 and WAC 181-78A-270:


 WAC 181-78A-264 1 (f)(i) A:
 Programs shall administer the ((pedagogy)) teacher performance assessment adopted by the professional educator standards  board to all candidates in a residency certificate program.

 WAC 181-78A-270 (1) (d) Performance Assessment:
 Beginning January 1,2014, all candidates will complete and pass the teacher performance assessment per WAC 181-78A-264  as authorized by the professional educator standards board: Provided, that candidates who participated in the teacher  performance assessment field trials or took the pedagogy assessment prior to January 1, 2014, may be recommended for  certification by the preparation program.
 November 2013 (emergency rule adopted)
 March 2014 (Adopted as a permanent rule.)
 Condition Code Policy:
SCALE has released their recommendation for a condition code policy.  This will be brought to the Board for their consideration during their November 2014 meeting. 
For more information on SCALE's recommendation, please visit condition code policy .



Per Board directives at the November 2014 meeting, this item will be brought forward for the members to consideration again during the 2015 year. 
This is now a SCALE policy not a state policy. 
 Rounding of total score policy: The total is the sum of all rubric scores. In cases of a .5 score of the total edTPA score level (e.g. 39.5), the total edTPA score will be rounded up to the next higher whole number.  

 This was not a Board decision but a edTPA national policy. 
 Student Voice Committee Recommendations:
The student voice committee made final recommendations regarding the student voice prompts and rubrics at the January 2016 Board meeting.  This included the timeline for when the rubrics will be consequential and count towards pre-service teacher candidates final score. 
For a list of the adopted recommendations, please visit, Student voice committee recommendations.