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About edTPA: For Candidates

Minimum Passing Scores
Field Total Score Average Rubric Score
Elementary Education 46  
All other handbook areas 38  
World Languages, Classical Languages 32  


A candidate with a minimum cut score demonstrates that he/she has the minimum level of knowledge, skills and abilities a teacher needs in order to be competent in the classroom and positively contribute to student learning.

A candidate with the minimum level of knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • acquires knowledge of each student, and demonstrates knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students (Standard 1) 
  • knows the content he or she is responsible for teaching, and plans instruction that ensures growth and achievement for all students (Standard 2) 
  • implements instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards (Standard 3) 
  • works with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports achievement and growth (Standard 4) 
  • uses multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction (Standard 5) 
  • demonstrates professional responsibility and engages relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning (Standard 6) 
  • sets informed goals and strives for continuous professional growth (Standard 7)

About edTPA: General

What is edTPA and What Does It Do?

edTPA is a subject area-specific, performance-based assessment for pre-service teacher candidates, centered on student learning.

edTPA is aligned with state standards, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, Common Core State Standards, and Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards.

Evidence of candidate teaching competence is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment, 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction for one class of students. Assessment artifacts include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analyses of student learning, and reflective commentaries. Using results across twelve dimensions of teaching practice, faculty and candidates can discuss the impact of candidates' teaching performance on student learning and determine ways to increase effectiveness. Faculty can analyze evidence of candidate performance to guide decision making about program revision and renewal. State education agencies may use TPA scores for licensure and accreditation.

As a nationally available teacher performance assessment, edTPA:

  • Measures candidates' readiness for teaching and will be predictive of a candidate's success in affecting student achievement
  • Creates a body of evidence of teaching performance
  • Contributes evidence for licensure decisions (in combination with other measures)
  • Provides a consistent measure of candidate performance across teacher preparation programs
  • Supports candidate learning and development of high-leverage teaching practices
  • Measures candidates' ability to differentiate instruction for diverse learners, including English language learners and students with disabilities
  • Improves the information base for accreditation of teacher preparation programs.