Announcement: Multiple measures pilot beginning fall 2020
At the July 2020 board meeting, PESB approved a one year multiple measures pilot to offer greater flexibility for educator candidates to meet the performance assessment requirement. This pilot will help reduce barriers and allow for more equitable pathways into the teaching profession. Learn about the multiple measures pilot.
What is the performance assessment?
The edTPA, adopted by PESB in 2014, is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment used by teacher preparation programs to assess the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from day one in the classroom. Educator candidates must pass the assessment in order for their program to recommend them for certification.
The edTPA is designed to assess how teacher candidates plan and teach lessons, exhibit culturally responsive instruction, and demonstrate approaches to differentiate student needs. The edTPA provides an opportunity for prospective teachers to demonstrate the skills required to help all students learn in real classrooms.
The assessment features a framework focused on three tasks: planning, instruction, and assessment. Each task contains five rubrics, for a total of 15. There are 13 rubrics for national world languages and classical languages prompts as they do not contain rubrics related to academic language.
What is the passing score?
- For edTPA handbook areas with 15 rubrices, the passing score is 40.
- For national world languages and classical languages with 13 rubrics, the passing score is 34.
Can candidates retake the edTPA?
Yes. While there is no limit to the number of times a candidate can retake the edTPA, some educator preparation programs may have policy that limits assessment retakes.
When the edTPA became consequential in 2014, PESB adopted a ramp-up plan to allow programs and candidates sufficient time to learn the new assessment. From 2014-2017, the edTPA passing score was 35. In 2017, the passing score changed to 40. If a candidate retakes the edTPA, they must meet the same passing score for the year in which they first took the edTPA.
Who scores edTPA portfolios?
Educator candidates must submit a portfolio of materials, including video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom, to be scored by highly trained educators. Teachers and faculty members have the opportunity to earn up to 20 clock hours per year from scoring edTPA portfolios (WAC). See the clock hour form.
Clock hours for scorers:
- 10 clock hours will be awarded per four portfolios scored
- 10 clock hours will be awarded for completing the scorer training.
Student Voice rubrics in the Washington edTPA were created for ongoing reflective self-assessment expressed in the words of the learner for the purpose of improving teaching and learnings. However, in November 2019, PESB approved eliminating the Student Voice rubrics from edTPA, effective Fall 2020.
Why was Student Voice removed?
Stakeholders expressed that Student Voice rubrics in edTPA created multiple unintended consequences, outweighing the benefits. Particularly, they shared that there have been different levels of understanding, causing confusion and a significant burden among educator candidates, preparation programs, and districts. Beginning Fall 2020, Washington teacher candidates will use the national edTPA handbook, which does not contain Student Voice rubrics. See our FAQ for more information.
Information for programs
Educator preparation program providers need to assign a coordinator(s) to serve as the central point of contact for receiving information about edTPA including assessment materials, handbooks, rubrics, distribution instructions, etc. Learn more about edTPA coordinators.
Every program is allocated a certain number of vouchers for the edTPA. Programs may purchase vouchers to provide candidates with full or partial credit toward fees for test registration and preparation resources. Learn more about establishing candidate fees and purchasing vouchers (login required).
Programs may want to consider best practices when placing candidates in an educational setting to complete the edTPA. See below for resources and guidance on edTPA placements.
- Alignment tables (spreadsheet) – Recommended placements and edTPA handbook
- Scenario document (document) – Guidance in determining field placements and assessments for first tier candidates adding multiple endorsements
- Sample video consent forms (folder) (multiple languages) – Video consent forms and guidelines for programs. These forms have been reviewed and approved so it is recommended that the content remain intact. However, you are encouraged to add your letterhead and any additional information to meet the institutions’ needs.