At the November 2019 board meeting, members from the Professional Educator Standards Board approved eliminating the Student Voice rubrics from edTPA, effective Fall 2020.
What is Student Voice?
Student Voice is one element of the Washington edTPA, a subject-specific performance assessment used by teacher preparation programs. The three rubrics on Student Voice emphasize the development of students’ metacognitive skills.
Why has Student Voice been 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 in Student Voice, causing confusion and a significant burden among educator candidates, preparation programs, and districts.
What are the next steps?
Educators and preparation programs should continue using the current edTPA handbook containing the Student Voice rubrics during the 2019-20 academic year. It is recommended that candidates still complete the requirements of Student Voice, though scoring of Student Voice will still be nonconsequential. This means that a candidate’s Student Voice score will not contribute towards meeting the statewide edTPA passing score. Beginning Fall 2020, Washington teacher candidates will use the national edTPA handbook, which does not contain Student Voice rubrics. Please note that it is optional for Washington candidates to respond to the Student Voice prompts for a retake using the original Washington templates. Candidates’ original Student Voice rubric scores are reported for retakes. See our FAQ sheet for more information.
Policy decisions made to date
|Established Board’s plan for use of field trial data related to all or portions of edTPA as initially consequential to candidates||September 2011|
|Approved award of clock hours for educators scoring the edTPA||January 2012|
|Determined continued use of the existing performance-based pedagogy assessment for purposes of adding endorsements via pathway 2 until March 2016. In the meantime, charged staff with searching for other measures of working with Stanford on use of portions of edTPA for this purpose||March 2012|
|Established an unlimited retake policy||May 2012|
|Candidates are assigned to either the literacy or mathematics elementary education edTPA. Data of institutions’ balance of edTPA literacy and mathematics will be delivered to the Board annually.||Updated May 2013|
|Pre-service candidates exiting their teacher preparation program with multiple endorsements are required to take one edTPA in one of the endorsements they are seeking. Board approved the recommendations for the edTPA alignment table (spreadsheet), with the understanding the tables are recommendations and not requirements. The Board will be updated with stakeholders’ feedback in one year. Staff were directed to prepare scenarios (top 5 frequently combined endorsements) which might guide candidates who are contemplating exiting their program with multiple endorsements.||March 2013|
| Board confirmed edTPA consequential date of January 2014 for all pre-service candidates. Some subjects will be consequential beginning January 2014:
Candidates will continue to submit portfolios in all areas so assessments may be scored and institutions will use vendor scores to determine if candidates have satisfactorily met the assessment requirement for program completion.
|Institutions will provide a scenario document (document) for candidates exiting a program with multiple endorsements as guidance for candidates.||September 2013|
| During the November meeting, the following items were approved by the Board:
During the July 2015 meeting, the following was adopted by the Board:
During the May 2018 meeting, the Board decided that Student Voice rubrics will be consequential and count toward the final scores of edTPA beginning Fall 2019.
During the July 2018 meeting, the Board approved the following:
During the July 2019 meeting, the Board decided that Student Voice rubrics will be consequential and count toward the final scores of edTPA beginning September 2020.
During November 2019 board meeting, members from the Professional Educator Standards Board approved eliminating the Student Voice rubrics from edTPA, effective Fall 2020.
Update July 2015
Update May/July 2018
Update July 2019
Update November 2019
Amendment to WAC 181-78A-264 and WAC 181-78A-270:
WAC 181-78A-264 1 (f)(i) A:
WAC 181-78A-270 (1) (d) Performance assessment:
|November 2013 (emergency rule adopted)
March 2014 (Adopted as a permanent rule.)
|Condition code policy:
SCALE has released their recommendation for a condition code policy. This will be brought to the Board for their consideration during their November 2014 meeting.
For more information on SCALE’s recommendation, please visit condition code policy (PDF).
|Per Board directives at the November 2014 meeting, this item will be brought forward for the members to consideration again during the 2015 year.
This is now a SCALE policy not a state policy.
|Rounding of total score policy (PDF): The total is the sum of all rubric scores. In cases of a .5 score of the total edTPA score level (e.g. 39.5), the total edTPA score will be rounded up to the next higher whole number.||This was not a Board decision but a edTPA national policy.|
| 2016 Student Voice committee recommendations:
The Student Voice committee made final recommendations regarding the Student Voice prompts and rubrics at the January 2016 Board meeting. This included the timeline for when the rubrics will be consequential and count towards pre-service teacher candidates final score.2018 Student Voice revising committee recommendations:
During the 2018 May Board meeting, the Board decided that Student Voice rubrics will be consequential and count toward the final scores of edTPA beginning Fall 2019. The Board also approved the recommendations from the Student Soice revising committee. This includes recommendations regarding the revised Student Voice rubrics and prompts as well as related policies around support for programs and candidates, edTPA retakes, score reports, and condition code determination.
|For a list of the adopted recommendations, please visit the 2016 Student Voice committee recommendations (document) and the 2018 Student Voice committee recommendations (folder).|