TPA #3

I am doing CalTPA. For TPA #3 my task is Assessing Learning. It assesses my ability to identify the link between students’ learning needs and their characteristics to:

  • plans student assessment activities based on the learning goals
  • administers student assessments to evaluate student learning
  • adapts the assessments for English learners and for students with other instructional challenges*
  • analyzes and uses assessment results to plan instruction
  • reflects on assessment implementation and the connection to student learning

*Focus students must be different than those used on Differentiating Instruction task. (I plan to use different classes for each of my tasks.)

Students must complete the honor code, task form, attach a copy of the assessment, attach a copy of the scoring rubric or scoring scale for the assessment, attach copy of specific students’ work submit both and wait “7-10 days” for scoring.

Before starting, check out the TPA Handbook on this task to get an idea what you are about to tackle. I will admit, normally I am a get in there and try it all out for myself first and refer to guides at the end kind of gal. Bad idea. I did that on TPA #1, I got started on a few answers and then looked after, I ended up going back for major edits. Save yourself some time and frustration, read first then start the actual task.

Side Note: I submitted my TPA #1 on 11/23/16 at 10:30pm and received my score on 12/5/16 at 2:06pm. The Thanksgiving holiday may have contributed to the long wait time or perhaps they were flooded with submissions right then. I would say take the 7-10 days with a grain of salt, but if you haven’t gotten a reply in 15 days, contact your credential program and start asking questions.

TPA #2

I am doing CalTPA. For TPA #2 my task is Designing Instruction. It assesses my ability to identify the link between students’ learning needs and their characteristics to:

  • plan instruction for an actual class of K-12 students, including developing and adapting instruction for English learners and for students with other instructional challenges
  • reflect on the connections between student characteristics and instructional planning

Students must complete the honor code, task form, submit both and wait “7-10 days” for scoring.

Before starting, check out the TPA Handbook on this task to get an idea what you are about to tackle. I will admit, normally I am a get in there and try it all out for myself first and refer to guides at the end kind of gal. Bad idea. I did that on TPA #1, I got started on a few answers and then looked after, I ended up going back for major edits. Save yourself some time and frustration, read first then start the actual task.

Side Note: I submitted my TPA #1 on 11/23/16 at 10:30pm and received my score on 12/5/16 at 2:06pm. The Thanksgiving holiday may have contributed to the long wait time or perhaps they were flooded with submissions right then. I would say take the 7-10 days with a grain of salt, but if you haven’t gotten a reply in 15 days, contact your credential program and start asking questions.

TPA #1

I am doing CalTPAFor TPA #1 my task is Subject Specific Pedagogy. This task does not involve working with any real K-12 students. It will assess my ability to understand how information about a class of students is used to

  • prepare instruction for particular subjects and content areas
  • develop and adapt student assessment plans based on the content

Students must complete the honor code, task form, submit both and wait “7-10 days” for scoring.

Before starting, check out the TPA Handbook on this task to get an idea what you are about to tackle. I will admit, normally I am a get in there and try it all out for myself first and refer to guides at the end kind of gal. Bad idea. I got started on a few answers and then looked after, I ended up going back for major edits. Save yourself some time and frustration, read first then start the actual task.

 

Side Note: I submitted TPA #1 on 11/23/16 at 10:30pm and received my passing score on 12/5/16 at 2:06pm. The Thanksgiving holiday may have contributed to the long wait time or perhaps they were flooded with submissions right then. I would say take the 7-10 days with a grain of salt, but if you haven’t gotten a reply in 15 days, contact your credential program and start asking questions.

TPA Honor Code

So I am sure each credential program has their own version but here is mine as an example. I will not be paraphrasing as it is so specific I would not want to guide anyone wrong. What I will say, do not skip reading the fine print. I know that people click the button that says “I read the terms and conditions” and do not read them. This is NOT one of those times. Seriously, no matter if you are going to National University, like me, or some other credential program, please read your TPA honor code in full before starting. There are a lot of practices that people get used to during their credential program that are a violation of the honor code, like asking a peer or professor for feedback (BIG NO NO on TPA’s)!

NU TPA Honor Code

TPAs

What are they? TPA is short for Teacher Performance Assessment which evaluates a teaching candidates performance with K-12 public school students.

Who has to do them? Anyone seeking a Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential in the state of California.

Since when? As of July of 2008.

Are there different models of the TPAs? Yes. There are currently four approved teaching performance assessment models: CalTPA, edTPA, FAST, PACT

What do they measure? TPA’s measure knowledge, skills and ability of  California’s Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating their ability to appropriately instruct students in Student Academic Content Standards.

What do you do to complete them? Candidates complete very specific tasks regarding  subject-specific pedagogy, designing and implementing instruction and student assessment, and a culminating teaching experience or event.

 

Who decides how you do? Submissions are scored by trained assessors.
How do they score submissions? Assessors score them “against one or more rubrics that describe levels of performance relative to each task/activity. Each model must also meet and maintain specified standards of assessment reliability, validity, and fairness to candidates.”

Interviews

I had the opportunity to interview for a few positions over the summer. They were great experiences that really got me ready for interviews once I am credentialed. I had one position that was posted as Kindergarten but when I interviewed I discovered that it was actually for Transitional Kindergarten. Additionally, I interviewed for a sixth-grade core (History, Reading and Language Arts) position but it was adjusted (after the initial posting) to be only half time. Wonderful interview opportunities but unfortunately I am unable to accept the position in my current credential program does not support TK or half time teaching positions. School started today so I have confirmed that I will travel the student teaching route to earn my credential in the spring. Stay tuned for more posts about the student teaching process as I travel through it myself.

Intern Eligible

I am a teacher in training, in my last class of my credential program before my student teaching or internship courses. I am interviewing locally for positions in the hope of securing an internship close to home. For now, I am filling out applications and hoping for a chance to interview. I know the competition is stiff in spring in my target district.  I am hopeful that I will make it past preliminary screening and have a chance to interview. Fingers crossed!