Assessing Learning (TASK 3)

Classroom Assessment of Learning Goals

  • 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.
  • You will submit your completed response, the assessment, selected student assessment responses, and, if appropriate, scoring scales, rubrics, or scoring guides as artifacts.


The California Teaching Performance Assessment (CA TPA) tasks are designed to measure aspects of the TPE’s and to reflect what beginning teachers should know and be able to do before receiving a Preliminary Credential. The CCTC, ETS, and professional teacher educators from California teacher preparation programs designed and tested a pilot and a field review version of the four performance tasks to ensure that the final CA TPA tasks are fair and equitable for all preliminary credential candidates. There are four inter-related yet separate tasks that increase in complexity as you move through them. They were designed with a specific sequence in mind. As the tasks increase in complexity, there are more choices and decisions to make about how to respond to the prompts. Each performance task measures aspects of a number of TPE’s, and many TPE’s are measured in more than one task.

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What Is Being Measured?

The following four Teaching Performance Expectations are measured in this task:

  1. Assessing Student Learning
  2. Engaging and Supporting Students in Learning
  3. Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for Students
  4. Developing as a Professional Educator

Note: Review the complete text of these six Teaching Performance Expectations before you begin, periodically as you prepare your response to this task, and as a final check before submitting your response.

Task Directions

Rubrics for Assessing Learning Task

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Page updated: November 7, 2012