edTPA Coming to Texas in 2021

edTPA will replace the PPR for teachers teaching during the 2021 – 2022 school year. Here are the publicly available materials on the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

  • SBEC Agenda 10/05/18 
  • Overview edTPA 
  • Implementation Proposal edTPA
  • Assessment and Support Materials 

The PPR is a standardized test and the edTPA is “a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.” 

From the edTPA summary – “Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students’ strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators. The program builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning.” 

That’s a lot. There are some good things about edTPA especially for those that hate to take a test – it is not a test. If the cut score is set correctly, diverse teacher candidates perform much better on edTPA than on tests like the PPR.