EdTPA - Teacher Performance Assessment
What is it?
EdTPA is a nationally available performance assessment of readiness to teach. The
portfolio assessment is designed with a focus on student learning and principles from
research and theory. As a performance-based assessment, edTPA is designed to engage
teacher candidates in demonstrating their understanding of teaching and student learning
in authentic ways. Candidates will be required to complete tasks and commentaries
within a portfolio relevant to their program as evidence of planned and implemented
When will the new requirements go into effect?
Candidates who apply for their first Initial Certificate on or after May 1, 2014—including
candidates who will graduate from an approved teacher preparation program on or after
May 1, 2014—should not take the LAST or the ATS‑W. These candidates will be required
to pass the new edTPA, EAS, and ALST assessments instead.
Click HERE for more information on all the new exams involved and which tests they will replace.
Where can I gain more information?
For access to the edTPA handbooks, templates, Making Good Choices documents, references
on academic language, and additional support documents regarding the edTPA assessment,
visit the Fredonia edTPA Google Site while logged in to your Fredonia e-mail.
To learn more about the edTPA in New York State, register for the assessment, or access
your scores - please visit the edTPA website. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Student Services.
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edTPA Retake Guidelines
EdTPA has created guidelines for re-take decision making and support. Click on this
link to access
them: Instructions for edTPA retakes.
edTPA "Safety Net"
An Initial Certification candidate seeking to meet requirements for Initial Certification
on or after 5/1/2014 and prior to 6/30/15 will STILL be required to take the edTPA.
- If a candidate fails the edTPA, he/she may choose to complete a retake of the edTPA
or take the
ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written), after receiving the failing score
on the edTPA.
- The candidate must receive a passing score on the edTPA retake or the ATS-W in order
to be issued an Initial Certificate.
- On or after June 30, 2015 all Initial Certification candidates will be required to take and pass the edTPA
in order to receive Initial Certification.
In order for the edTPA Safety Net to "work" (that is, in order for a candidate to
replace a failed edTPA with a passed ATS-W), the candidate must also graduate (and
be eligible for recommendation for certification), apply and pay for certification
through TEACH, and pass all the other tests (ALST, CST, and EAS) by June 30, 2015.
Please note that the “safety net” is an option, not a required course of action. A
student who fails the edTPA may also elect to submit an edTPA retake.
Test Voucher Code for taking the ATS-W after failing the edTPA
The NY State Education Department is pleased to announce that teacher certification
candidates who fail the edTPA and choose to take the ATS-W instead of retaking the
edTPA pursuant to the“Safety Net” adopted by the Board of Regents at its April 2014
meeting may request a test voucher code to take the ATS-W at no cost to the candidate.
- Please note that there are no eligibility requirements for this voucher except that
the candidate must have already taken and failed the edTPA.
To apply for a voucher code for the ATS-W, please send an email with your (i) Name
as it appears in your TEACH account, (ii) last five digits of your Social Security
Number, (iii) Date of Birth, and (iv) your current Email Address to email@example.com with a short statement that a test voucher code is requested. Upon receipt of this
email and verification of the candidate’s edTPA score, candidates will receive a test
voucher code in an email to be used when registering for the ATS-W.
EdTPA Central is a useful resource for all edTPA News and Updates. Features of this site include
information on the new edTPA Safety Net regulations, passing scores in New York and
how to interpret your edTPA Score Profile, and other Press Release updates.