About the edTPA
According to the edTPA World Language Assessment Handbook, the purpose of the edTPA is to measure novice teachers' readiness to teach world language. The assessment is designed to focus on the teacher's planning, instructional practices, and assessments, as well as student learning. The edTPA is based on findings that sucessful teachers should/need to/must:
- Develop knowledge of subject matter, content standards, and subject-specific pedagogy
- Develop and apply knowledge of students' varied needs
- Consider research and theory about how students learn
- Reflect on and analyze evidence of the effects of instruction on student learning
As a performance-based assessment, edTPA is designed to engage candidates in demonstrating their understanding of teaching and student learning by providing samples of actual lesson plans, teaching, and assessments.
The edTPA World Language assessment requires Candidates to complete three tasks, which are compiled into an electronic portfolio. The tasks of the edTPA are:
- Task 1: Planning for Instruction and Assessment
- Task 2: Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning
- Task 3: Assessing Student Learning
For details about the edTPA, please visit http://edtpa.aacte.org/faq.