Each of the four approved teaching performance assessment models requires a candidate to complete defined tasks relating to subject-specific pedagogy, designing and implementing instruction and student assessment, and a culminating teaching experience or event. When taken as a whole, teaching performance assessment tasks/activities measure the TPEs. Candidate performances are scored by trained assessors against one or more rubrics that describe levels of performance relative to each task/activity. Each model must also meet and maintain specified standards of assessment reliability, validity, and fairness to candidates. All candidates who start a Commission-approved multiple and single subject teacher preparation program as of July 1, 2008 must meet the teaching performance assessment requirement.
As of 2008, all teacher candidates must successfully complete a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). One form of the TPA is CalTPA. CalTPA consists of four separate tasks taken over the course of the initial credential program. CalTPA tasks are scored by trained assessors that work directly with the TPA Coordinator. Candidates submit CalTPA tasks through Taskstream on or before the provided due dates and receive their scores in approximately three weeks. Candidates must successfully complete and pass all four CalTPA tasks in order to receive a preliminary California teaching credential. Workshops will be provided to support candidates with CalTPA completion.
edTPA is a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) that was recently approved for use in California. edTPA consists of one summative assessment that is completed over the course of the initial credential program and submitted during the final semester. Candidates submit edTPA through Taskstream on or before the provided due date. edTPA assessors are hired by Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and are not affiliated with CSUSM. Candidates receive their scores in approximately three weeks. Candidates must successfully complete and pass the edTPA in order to receive a preliminary California teaching credential. Workshops will be provided to support candidates with edTPA completion.