edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) is a portfolio assessment system that is intended to measure readiness for a teacher preparation candidate to teach. New York state signed on to ensure that new teachers have skills and dispositions necessary to hold their first teaching position.
New York state, unlike most others (except Washington state), adopted edTPA as a requirement for initial teacher certification, where students must receive passing scores on edTPA in order to be licensed. As a result, the assessment has become a high-stakes test.
During student teaching experiences, students must build an edTPA portfolio that demonstrates the ability to plan effectively and assess instructional results in order to guide future teaching. As part of this portfolio, video clips of the lessons taught must be included as evidence of competence. Scoring of edTPA portfolios is done by educators who are trained to use specific teacher evaluation rubrics. According to the New York State Education Department, educators from all over the state determined passing cut scores for these portfolios.
Hofstra University is extremely proud of its initial pass rate for the 112 portfolios submitted this year. Ninety-two percent of students received a passing score, surpassing the unofficial statewide average of 84 percent. In addition, more than 50 percent of students who received scores achieved mastery status.
Professor Stephen J. Hernandez serves as edTPA coordinator and Associate Dean John Lewis provides administrative and field placement coordination. Dean Lewis said, “From before the point of edTPA adoption in NYS, Hofstra University’s School of Education worked systematically to make changes in course work to align syllabi with edTPA requirements, to provide extensive professional development for professors, instructors and field supervisors, and to provide as much assistance to students during portfolio development as allowed. This assistance included a full-day edTPA orientation session, two portfolio development days at Hofstra during student teaching, and unlimited access to course professors and field supervisors during the spring semester.”
The School of Education’s Office of Educational Support Services and Office of Field Placement continue to serve as critical resources for students and faculty engaged in initial and professional school-based programs for classroom, pupil services and educational leadership roles.
Are you moving to New York from out of state?
New York State Education Department is requiring that certified teachers from other states receive passing scores on edTPA in order to receive a NYS teaching certification. A short field placement as well as edTPA portfolio support will be needed by an out-of-state teacher seeking to transfer licensure, in addition to the successful completion of current state teaching seminars and certification exams. Hofstra University’s School of Education can provide the support needed for qualified teaching candidates to work toward this goal. For more information about eligibility requirements and registration, please contact:
John R. Lewis, Associate Dean of External Relations and Field Placement
School of Education
Monica Conforti, Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Public Relations and Retention
School of Education