What is the Teaching Performance Assessment?
Senate Bill 2042 (Chapter 548, Statutes of 1998), signed by the governor in 1998, requires all multiple and single subject preliminary credential candidates in California to pass a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA). This assessment is designed to give you the opportunity to develop, refine, and demonstrate your teaching knowledge, skills, and abilities during your teacher preparation program.
The TPA is embedded in your coursework and is designed to be both formative and summative in its usage. The TPA measures the Teaching Performance Expectations and is linked to the California state-adopted academic content standards for students. All teacher candidates must take and pass the TPA in order to be recommended for a Preliminary Teaching Credential. After receiving the Preliminary Credential, and upon employment within a California classroom, you will participate in an approved induction program leading to a Professional Clear Credential.
Components of the Teaching Performance Assessment
The Teaching Performance Assessment requires completion of four tasks.
Subject Specific Pedagogy (SSP)
- You will demonstrate your knowledge of principles of content-specific pedagogy and developmentally appropriate pedagogy.
- You will respond in writing to each of the four case studies that make up Subject Specific Pedagogy: developmentally appropriate pedagogy; assessment practices; adaptation of content for English learners; adaptation of content for students with special needs.
- Detailed information about Subject Specific Pedagogy is located in chapter 3 of the TPA candidate handbook.
Designing Instruction (DI)
- You will demonstrate your ability to learn important details about a classroom of students, an English learner, and a student who presents a different instructional challenge. You will plan instruction that is shaped by those student characteristics.
- You will demonstrate your ability to connect learning about students to instructional planning.
- Detailed information about Designing Instruction is located in chapter 4 of the TPA candidate handbook.
Assessing Learning (AL)
- You will demonstrate your ability to select a unit of study and learning goal(s) and to plan standards-based, developmentally-appropriate student assessment activities for a group of students. In addition, you will demonstrate your ability to assess student learning and diagnose student needs from particular responses to the assessment activity.
- You will demonstrate your ability to make assessment adaptations for two focus students: an English learner and a student with identified special needs.
- You will score, review, and analyze evidence of student learning and will reflect on assessment implications.
- Detailed information about Assessing Learning is located in chapter 5 of the TPA candidate handbook.
Culminating Teaching Experience (CTE)
- You will demonstrate your ability to design a lesson based on state-adopted academic content standards for students, implement that lesson making appropriate use of class time and instructional resources, meet the differing needs of individuals within the class, manage instruction and student interaction, assess student learning, and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson.
- You will demonstrate your ability to make lesson adaptations for two focus students: an English learner and a student who presents a different instructional challenge.
- You will demonstrate your ability to analyze evidence of student learning.
- You will videotape yourself teaching and then assess and reflect upon your instruction.
- Detailed information about Culminating Teaching Experience is located in chapter 6 of the TPA candidate handbook.
Accessing the Tasks
To access the TPA tasks and the TPA candidate handbook, log onto your Taskstream account (www.taskstream.com). Your TPA folio will be under My Programs. If you need to be enrolled in the TPA folio in Taskstream and you are a USF teacher credential candidate, please contact the TPA coordinator.
USF School of Education TPA Coordinator
If you have any questions or concerns about the Teaching Performance Assessment process, please contact the TPA Coordinator here or (415) 422-5487.