edTPA

Overview

In December 2016, following a successful two-year pilot involving several Connecticut Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs), the Connecticut State Board of Education (CSBE) officially adopted edTPA as a requirement for EPP program completion.

Beginning fall 2018, the completion of edTPA will be required for all initial licensure teacher candidates enrolled in a CSBE-approved EPP program and completing student teaching. Beginning fall 2019, a passing score established by the CSBE will be required for edTPA.

Developed for educators by educators, edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by educator preparation providers (EPPs) to emphasize, support, and measure the skills and knowledge that teacher candidates need from day one to help all students in real classrooms learn.

Available in 27 licensure areas and used in more than 30 states, edTPA builds on decades of teacherperformance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning. edTPA’s common architecture consists of three interconnected tasks embedded in clinical practice as shown the following image.

The edTPA Teaching Cycle with student learning in the center and planning, instruction and assessment surrounding it

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edTPA requires teacher candidates to prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching experience demonstrating readiness to teach. Teacher candidates must also tailor their teaching to your district context and engage students in learning consistent with your district’s mission, curricula, and national and state standards.

Specifically, teacher candidates:

  • Choose a learning segment of 3-5 lessons in one class.
  • Collect artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work).
  • Write commentaries in response to prompts in the subject-specific edTPA handbook that provide a rationale to support their instructional practices, based on their students' learning strengths and needs.
  • Submit their artifacts and commentaries for professional scoring.

Although the responsibility of completing edTPA requirements rests with teacher candidates and their EPPs, cooperating teachers will assist teacher candidates with documenting school context, school demographics, and academic strength and needs of their students.

edTPA portfolios are scored by highly trained educators, using 15 rubrics (five for each task) to evaluate high-leverage teaching competencies. The five-level scale used for edTPA rubrics represents a continuum of practice from not quite ready to teach to advanced beginning teacher. Each rubric progression shows an expanding repertoire of skills and strategies for teaching and a deepening rationale.

For candidates who submit edTPA portfolios for official scoring, policies and procedures have been developed for the handling of materials and data for each phase of the submission and scoring process.

Connecticut edTPA Timeline and Completion Requirements:
Academic Year Completion Requirements
2018-2019

Completion Standard Only: Beginning fall 2018, the completion of edTPA will be required for all initial licensure teacher candidates enrolled in a CSBE-approved EPP program and completing student teaching. This includes Connecticut alternate route to certification (ARC) programs.

Please note that the “completion standard” requirement includes candidates receiving a final score for edTPA.

2019-2020 Passing Score Required: Beginning fall 2019, a passing score established by the CSBE will be required for edTPA for all initial licensure teacher candidates enrolled in a CSBE-approved EPP program and completing student teaching. This includes Connecticut alternate route to certification (ARC) programs.
Connecticut edTPA Waiver Policy
  • For any candidate, if student teaching is waived based on at least 10 months of prior teaching experience, the candidate does not have to complete edTPA.
  • Candidates serving under a Durational Shortage Area Permit (DSAP) must complete edTPA, except in the case of a candidate that has at least 10 months of prior teaching experience.
  • A DSAP candidate seeking a cross endorsement does not have to complete edTPA.
Connecticut edTPA Links

edTPA: This site includes candidate registration links, edTPA scoring and reporting procedures, state requirements, and other candidate and faculty resources, including frequently asked questions and answers.

AACTE edTPA: This site includes a resource library with edTPA handbooks, edTPA updates and other documents, and general edTPA information.

edTPA Coordinator Responsibilities and Resources: The EPP edTPA Coordinator is the central point of contact for receiving information about edTPA (assessment materials, handbooks, rubrics, distribution instructions, etc.) and the primary source of communication about edTPA for other EPP faculty, administration and Pk-12 partners. If you are a newly-appointed edTPA coordinator at your EPP, here are specific resources from the edTPA and edTPA AACTE websites to get you started:

Video Consent Forms (multiple languages) – Connecticut EPPs can download and use these letters to inform Connecticut parents or guardians about edTPA video recording.

edTPA Scorers: become and edTPA scorer and earn clock hours.

For more information related to edTPA, please contact Dr. Katie Moirs at the Connecticut State Department of Education (katie.moirs@ct.gov; 860-713-6733).