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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is committed to ensuring that highly prepared and effective teachers educate Wisconsin students. A part of that commitment is to make certain that all initial license applicants are ready to teach before they receive a license.  One way to determine readiness is through performance assessment, using a system such as the edTPA.  Upon the recommendation of the Wisconsin educator preparation programs, the State Superintendent has selected the edTPA to be used as one of the performance measures required for initial licensing.


What is it?

The edTPA is a pre-service teacher performance assessment. To complete the edTPA, candidates:

  • choose a learning segment of 3-5 lessons in one class
  • collect artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work)
  • write commentaries in response to prompts in the subject-specific edTPA handbook
  • submit their artifacts and commentaries for professional scoring

Scorers rate candidate performance in planning, instruction, and assessment using rubrics in the edTPA handbooks.


When does it get implemented?

Full Implementation was completed during the  2016-2017 year. Student teacher candidates from Wisconsin educator preparation programs complete the edTPA before or during their student teaching placements in our school districts. The official score results are used by preparation programs for endorsing teacher licenses and to make valuable decisions about program planning and development.

Candidates who completed Wisconsin Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 were required to complete an edTPA for national scoring in order to be endorsed for Wisconsin licensure by their Wisconsin EPP.

Candidates who complete Wisconsin Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) and apply for initial certification in Wisconsin on or after September 1, 2016, are required to complete and pass edTPA in order to be endorsed for Wisconsin licensure by the Wisconsin EPP. Passing scores were set in September 2016.


How did it get selected for Wisconsin?

After careful study, the Wisconsin Continuous Review Process work group recommended and the state superintendent approved the edTPA as a required component in the multiple measure performance assessment system of educator preparation. A state edTPA Work Group is providing leadership with edTPA implementation and each EPP has identified a contact who is leading local program efforts. These documents share the story:

Continuous Review Process Work Group Report - Final Report and State Superintendent approval for the Continuous Review Process of program approval.

edTPA Work Group Report - Policy recommendations and State Superintendent approval for Wisconsin edTPA implementation efforts.

Wisconsin edTPA contacts at each educator preparation program

Passing Scores

Effective September 1, 2016, initial licensure candidates must earn the following passing scores on the edTPA in order to be endorsed for an initial license:

  • 38 for edTPA handbooks with 15 rubrics
  • 32 for edTPA handbooks with 13 rubrics
  • 45 for edTPA handbooks with 18 rubrics.

Information for School Districts

A critical part of the Wisconsin preparation process is the student teaching experience.  It is during the candidates' full semester of student teaching, which occurs at the end of our preparation programs, that our candidates experience the authentic, rigorous, sustained day-to-day reality of what a teacher must be able to do every single day.  The candidates are guided by a master teacher during this clinical experience and they hone their skills to demonstrate for us that they are "ready to teach" independently.  Our school districts have been incredible partners in this process and now more than ever, we need your continued commitment.  Here are some resources that will assist you in learning about the edTPA and student teaching placements.

Reach out to our approved Wisconsin educator preparation programs and ask for a student teacher, invite them to tell you more about edTPA, or recommend a master teacher from your district as a cooperating teacher. Also, consider a teacher intern through our Wisconsin Improvement Program.


Information for Wisconsin Educator Preparation Programs

Wisconsin colleges, universities, and alternative route to licensure program providers use the edTPA as a required performance assessment within their standards- and performance-based system of educator preparation.  

Candidates applying for a license through the Wisconsin DPI Licensure Based on Equivalency (LBE) process are also required to achieve a passing score on the edTPA before they can be licensed.


Information for Wisconsin Student Teacher Candidates

Each Wisconsin educator preparation program provider assists student teacher candidates to select the appropriate edTPA portfolio handbook. Consult with your program provider for specific details prior to registering for the edTPA. The following information will help you prepare for the edTPA experience.


Information for Parents and the Public

Student teacher candidates in Wisconsin are assessed on their ability to teach in order to get a Wisconsin teaching license. As a parent, your child may be in a classroom that has a student teacher completing an edTPA performance assessment. The student teacher will be using a parent permission form to ensure your child can be included in the video clip of the student teacher’s instruction. There are many restrictions upon the viewing and sharing of the video clip, and candidates who violate these restrictions may be denied a teaching license.  Here are some resources to help you learn about edTPA.


What about educators who are prepared outside of Wisconsin?

Educators who complete a teacher preparation program outside of Wisconsin by August 31, 2016, do not need to complete an edTPA for licensure in Wisconsin.  Candidates who complete their program after August 31, 2016, and have less than one year of out-of-state teaching experience of at least one-half time employment in a PK-12, private, or charter school (not a tutoring site), must post a passing score on the edTPA.