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edTPA

The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to measure the skills and knowledge that all teachers need to successfully enter the classroom.

On May 26, 2020, the chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education determined the edTPA to be a nationally recognized performance-based assessment. Effective July 1, 2020, successful completion of the edTPA can now be used as an alternative to the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (OAE-APK) for an Ohio teaching license issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

At Ohio University, submitting a complete edTPA to Pearson for grading is a course requirement of EDPL 4650/5650.

The Ohio University edTPA Coordinator is Dr. Tracie Vegh, vegh@ohio.edu.

Please see below for 2021 due dates; information about payment, registration, and submission process; suggested semester timeline for completion; general overview; and frequently asked questions about the edTPA.

Due Dates

Pearson maintains a year-round schedule of submission dates. In order to help candidates to focus, we offer three submission dates each semester. These dates fall in weeks 7, 9, and 11. Because successfully uploading a portfolio can be a timely and complicated process, Ohio University asks candidates to submit all files to LiveText 3-5 days earlier than Pearson’s deadline.

Spring 2021 dates:    
February 25 Upload to LiveText February 20 Scores reported March 18
March 11 Upload to LiveText March 6 Scores reported April 1
March 25 Upload to LiveText March 20 Scores reported April 15

edTPA Payment

By week 5, candidates will be emailed a voucher number to be used as registration payment.

Registration Process

The edTPA process begins at edTPA.com

Candidates must locate the "register now" link on the center of the edTPA homepage. An account may need to be created if the candidate has not previously done so to take their OAEs. 

It is important to indicate that the portfolio will be uploaded by using an Integrated edTPA Platform Provider System. We do NOT upload directly to Pearson.

Immediately after the voucher number is provided for payment, an authorization key will be shown on the next screen. Screenshot this key. The authorization key is necessary for the submission process.

Submission Process

All submissions must go through LiveText. Candidates must locate the appropriate edTPA module on their LiveText dashboard. This is where the edTPA handbook and templates are located. Under the “latest submission” tab, upload all evidence files. Click on the “send to edTPA” option, transfer all files to the labeled boxes, and provide the authorization code. When prompted by Pearson, candidates must return to edTPA.com to review all files. If an error is detected, candidates must return to LiveText, withdraw their submission, fix the error, and resubmit. If no errors are found, submit for final grading!

Suggested Timeline for edTPA Completion

Weeks 1 & 2- Get to know your students

Conduct funds of knowledge protocols, personal interviews, learning inventories, and writing exercises. Ask your mentor teacher what standards, according to the scope and sequence, your students will be examining in week 5. Complete your Context for Learning. You should identify 1-3 (check your handbook) focus learners at this time. One must have specific learning needs. Send out video recording permissions.

Week 3- Compile your data

Using data you gathered in weeks 1 and 2, plan your learning segments. Come up with one over-arching Central Focus that all standards, learning objectives, activities, and assessments point back to. Think manageability. When it comes to standards, learning objectives, and academic language, it’s better to examine a few deeply than several superficially. Collect video recording permissions.

Week 4- Complete your learning segments

Gather all materials you need for your learning segments. Compile activities, strategies, and assessments that all point back to your central focus and standards.  You may not use it all, but it's better to have too much than not enough. Remember the students in your Context for Learning table? Those accommodations and modifications must show up here!

Week 5- Teach and record your learning segments

Record as much as you can, but realize that you will only use one or two short clips (which should include your focus learners). Familiarize yourself with Task 2 rubrics and script your segment to include all necessary evidence. Your handbook describes specific scenarios to record—adhere to those.

Week 6- Complete Tasks 2 & 3

Be very familiar with your Instruction Commentary and select 1 or 2 ideal clips to highlight your instruction and student learning. Use liberal timestamps in your Instruction Commentary. Your Task 3 should include an assessment that shows learner growth in the standards you chose for your learning segments as well as academic language/language development.

Week 7- Prepare to submit

Label your files clearly, simply, and consistently without using your name and upload/submit them on LiveText. Give yourself ample time to upload your evidence. You will end up with up to 20 files and the video portion frequently causes grief. Be prepared for bumps in the road.

Overview of the edTPA

The three tasks of the edTPA are Planning, Instruction, and Assessment. Each section is scored with five 5-point rubrics with a total possible score of 75.

Task 1- Planning

The keyword for this task is "intentional." It is important to get to know your students intentionally through funds of knowledge collection, interviews, learning inventories, and assessment data. The candidate must plan a unit of 3-5 learning segments. Templates associated with Task 1: Context for Learning and Planning Commentary. Additional evidence associated with Task 1: Lesson plans, instructional materials, and all assessments from the unit.

Task 2- Instruction

The video clip is the most important part of this task. Candidates will have no more than 20 minutes to show their Pearson evaluator the necessary rubric evidence, so it is important to capture the most ideal parts of the lesson. Templates associated with Task 2: Instruction Commentary.

Task 3- Assessment

Candidates must be able to offer a full analysis of their teaching and student learning for this task. Additional videos can be used as evidence for parts of this task, so candidates should be aware of this as they are recording for Task 2. Templates associated with Task 3: Assessment Commentary. Additional evidence associated with Task 3: Student learning, student feedback, and evaluation criteria.

FAQs

Please review the information below to receive answers to common edPTA questions about registration, preparation, organization, and uploading questions.  If you need further assistance, please contact the Ohio University edTPA Coordinator, Dr. Tracie Vegh at vegh@ohio.edu.

 

Where do I go to register?

Go to edTPA.com and scroll down until you see a section for Candidates. Click the "Register Now" link and follow the instructions.

Which system do I register for?

Since we use LiveText, select "Integrated edTPA Platform Provider System."

Which assessment do I register for?

In all cases, select “National.” Elementary education majors in a K-3 classroom should use the Early Childhood handbook; elementary education majors in 4-5 classrooms should use either the Elementary Literacy or the Elementary Mathematics handbook; middle childhood majors should choose just one of their areas of concentration; AYA majors should select a Secondary handbook in their area of concentration; all other handbooks are not age-specific.

How do I pay for the assessment?

Do not provide your credit card! You will be given a voucher number by week five to use as payment for your edTPA.

Will I be emailed my authorization key?

Yes, but it is important for you to screenshot your key after you finalize your voucher payment.

What is a "central focus"?

Your central focus is the topic or essential question of your unit. All activities, tasks, instruction, and assessments should point back to the central focus.

What is "academic language"?

Academic language is the language we use in the classroom. For your edTPA, you will choose a language function, a strong verb (examine, sequence, identify, etc.) that you will focus on throughout your unit. Introduce your learners to this word and give them the opportunity to interact with it before you even jump into your focus. You will also need to select important vocabulary (representation, nuclear, metaphor, etc.). In addition, you will need to choose either discourse, or using the structures of written or oral language (analyzing article, interpreting graphs, writing speeches, etc.) or discourse, or the organization of words and symbols (formulas, latitude/longitude, descriptive sentences, etc.). All handbooks require the use of Academic Language except World Languages, Early Childhood, and Special Education.

What do I need to know about a "communication skill"?

In the Special Education handbook, communication skill is extremely important. You should allow learners to interact with expressive communication skills (i.e., speaking, writing, demonstrating), representational language skills (e.g., using symbols, notation), and/or receptive communication skills (i.e., listening; reading text, pictures, or signs). The communication skill you identify needs to be related to the learning goal.

How do I label my files?

Simply and succinctly. Do not include your name. Refer to your Artifacts and Commentary Specifications chart in your handbook for file structure.

Where do I upload my files?

Upload all of your files to LiveText. Locate your edTPA module on your dashboard and click on the “latest submission” tab. Use the “attach” button to upload all of your files.

Do I submit to my instructor or to edTPA?

To edTPA. You will be prompted to drag your files to the appropriate labels. Provide your authorization key to complete to uploading process.

Why do I keep getting messages saying that my video file is too large even though it is well within the allowable length?

This means that you need to compress your videos to make them take up less space.