Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)

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MASTERS IN EDUCATION:  If interested in being part of our 100% online Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Early Childhood Education cohort, please contact Heather Terry at hterry@fullerton.edu.   

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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 attending fifth year, intern, or blended teacher preparation programs in California to pass a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA).  This assessment is designed to give candidates the opportunity to develop, refine, and demonstrate your teaching knowledge, skills, and abilities during a teacher preparation program.

The TPA is embedded in the program coursework and is designed to be both formative and summative in its usage.  It is also linked to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, California state-adopted academic content standards for students, the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and the California Frameworks.  The TPA is part of a three-year preparation cycle of growth and development for teachers.  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, candidates will participate in an approved induction program leading to a Professional Credential.  The results of the TPA will inform candidates’ Individual Induction Plans (IIP).  Completing the TPA will also help candidates begin using the California Formative Assessment and Support System (CFASST), or another assessment system, during induction.
All materials and information necessary to complete the TPA are available and public. Candidates have the opportunity to review the tasks and rubrics before taking the assessment.

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