Get to Know Your Resources


The handbook introduces the purpose and structure of edTPA. It contains a section for each task – Planning (Task 1), Instruction (Task 2), and Assessment (Task 3). For each task, you are provided with focus questions to guide your thinking, instructions for completing the task, instructions for writing the commentary, and the rubrics that will be used to assess the task. The handbook also contains a chart of specifications for submitting evidence and a glossary of terms used throughout the instructions and rubrics.

Making Good Choices

The Making Good Choices guide provides additional advice about completing tasks within edTPA. The guide includes key decisions that you will need to make throughout the process, such as how to get started, how to choose a focus area, how to support academic language development, how to select video clips, and what types of student feedback to include. Making Good Choices provides explanations for each rubric and lists of what to include and what to avoid for each task. This guide is supplemental to the handbook for your subject area – make sure that you are following the instructions provided in the handbook.

Understanding Rubric Level Progressions

The Understanding Rubric Level Progressions guide for each subject area provides a detailed look at the meaning of each rubric. The guide provides insight into each rubric’s Guiding Question, gives information about key terms and scoring decision rules, and explains evidence that demonstrates performance at each level on the rubric.

Understanding Academic Language in edTPA

The Understanding Academic Language in edTPA (or Understanding Curriculum Communication in edTPA for special education) guide defines language demands (functions, vocabulary, discourse, and syntax) and provides examples of those language demands within the discipline. The guide also includes examples of planned language supports related to certain language demands. This guide is meant to help candidates understand edTPA Rubrics 4 and 14.

Evidence Chart

This chart, which is found in the full handbook, provides details about the specifications for each item that you will submit as part of your edTPA. For each artifact or commentary, the chart lists acceptable file types, required numbers of files, and response length limits, as well as formatting information such as font size and file naming conventions. This chart does not substitute for reading the entire handbook, but it is a helpful resource when preparing your materials for submission.

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