Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

Overview of the TPEs


TPE 1: Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning

  1. relates material to student interests & experiences
  2. provides comprehensible input for all levels of EL
  3. keeps students actively engaged in meaningful and relevant experiences that promote critical and creative thinking
  4. uses instructional strategies, resources, and assistive technologies to support access to the curriculum for all students
  5. communicates achievement expectations and progress to students and families


TPE 2: Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning

  1. establishes and maintains positive climate for all students
  2. effectively communicates and enforces routines, procedures and norms
  3. encourages positive interactions and social-emotional growth
  4. uses strategies that engage students in collaboration.
  5. connects students to appropriate supports
  6. maintains high expectations with support for all students


TPE 3: Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning

  1. demonstrates knowledge of subject
  2. creates lesson plan that organizes the curriculum to promote student understanding
  3. makes appropriate instructional adaptations
  4. utilizes appropriate instructional resources
  5. consults and collaborates with educators to plan for instruction and improve student learning
  6. uses technology to support learning and develop digital citizenship


TPE 4: Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students

  1. applies knowledge of students to plan, design, implement, and monitor instruction
  2. makes cross-disciplinary connections
  3. accommodates different learning needs and develops student self-awareness of their learning needs
  4. utilizes instructional time effectively
  5. uses digital tools and technologies to support learning and digital citizenship
  6. plans instruction that incorporates a range of communication strategies and activity modes
  7. uses adaptations to remove barriers and increase access for all students


TPE 5: Assessing Student Learning

  1. involves students in self-assessment
  2. uses different types and forms of assessment to sources to plan and modify instruction and document students’ learning over time
  3. uses technology to support assessment administration, analysis, and communication of results
  4. Uses assessment data to establish learning goals and to plan, differentiate, make accommodations and/or modify instruction
  5. Communicates assessment results in a timely manner to students and families

TPE 6: Developing as a Professional Educator

  1. establishes professional learning goals and makes progress to improve practice
  2. demonstrates professional responsibility for student learning and class management
  3. communicates and collaborates effectively with colleagues
  4. reflects on one’s teaching practice and level of subject matter & pedagogical knowledge to improve student learning
  5. reflects on own values, biases and exhibits positive dispositions to students, families, and colleagues conducts themselves with integrity and models ethical conduct
  6. To access the full text of the California TPEs (adopted in 2016), click here.