Teacher Performance Assessments

Overview

The California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) is an assessment of a candidate's ability to demonstrate competency of the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). The CalTPA is designed for candidates seeking the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and for candidates seeking a Single Subject Teaching Credential in any specific subject area(s). The CalTPA provides a series of four performance tasks that candidates complete during their professional preparation program. The results of the candidates' performance during the various tasks of the CalTPA can help provide formative assessment information to candidates for improving the quality of their teaching, and assists candidates to focus on those aspects of teaching in which they may need further development or support. The CalTPA must be successfully completed as one of the requirements for earning a California preliminary teaching credential from any institution.

The CalTPA includes four tasks, which collectively measure the attributes of the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). TPEs describe what all California beginning teachers need to know and be able to do to qualify for the Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential. Each task measures aspects of a number of TPEs, and many TPEs are measured in more than one task.

All tasks are designed so that candidates can practice them repeatedly. All tasks require written responses to given prompts, and finally Task Four requires a videotaped teaching experience.

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