Designing Instruction (TASK 2)

Connecting Student Characteristics to Instructional Planning

  • 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.
  • You will submit your completed response and any 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 seven Teaching Performance Expectations are measured in this task:

  1. Making Subject Matter Comprehensible to Students
  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 seven Teaching Performance Expectations before you begin, periodically as you prepare your response to this task, and as a final check before submitting your response.

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