edTPA - Teacher Performance Assessment

Handbook Specifications

Always check your content area Handbook for specific requirements listed in the "Evidence Chart." We support the technical requirements by providing the following User Guides and general instructions.

Task 3: Assessment (all programs except Early Childhood & Special Education)

Task 3: Early Childhood & Special Education Only

  • See your Handbook "Evidence Chart" for instructions. All your Task 3 Assessment requirements are different.

Task 3 Part A: Student Work Samples

  • All student work samples must be uploaded individually.
  • Remove student(s) names, school or other identifying information before scanning (whiteout, dark marker, tape).
  • For scanning, inserting photos or other options for preparing student work samples, see User Guides at bottom of Task 1: Planning page.
  • Write the following title on each work sample and also save the file with the following naming protocol:
    • ELEMENTARY (3 focus students): Student 1 Literacy Work Sample, Student 2 Literacy Work Sample, Student 3 Literacy Work Sample
    • ALL OTHER HANDBOOKS (3 focus students): Student 1 Work Sample, Student 2 Work Sample, Student 3 Work Sample

If focus student work samples demonstrate use and understanding of Academic Language, then you will reference this work in the Part C: Assessment Commentary prompt and you do not need to submit additional evidence. If work samples do not specifically capture students' written use or understanding of Academic Language, then you will need to provide additional evidence.

Task 3 Part B: Evidence of Feedback

Evidence of feedback can be combined with or written on Student Work Sample above, in which case no new documentation is needed here. If feedback is not written on work sample, you can submit one (1) file (doc, audio or video) with feedback for each student. Individual feedback files must be titled, Student 1 Feedback, Student 2 Feedback, or Student 3 Feedback.

Task 3 Part C: Assessment Commentary

Download Commentary template in your Taskstream edTPA Program. There will be specific prompts for your content area with brackets [ ] for you to type your response. You MUST use the Taskstream template to automatically meet the layout requirements (Arial 11-point font type, single space and 1" margins on all sides). Once you download the Taskstream template, it functions like a Word doc, with spell check and other features. Therefore, you can write your drafts directly into this template.

Insert a copy of the chosen assessment, including directions/prompts provided to students. No more than 5 pages for the chosen assessment. Examples include, but are not limited to: paper and pencil test(s), quizzes, worksheets, exit tickets, list of writing prompts, list of oral questions, etc. [NOTE: This is a BLANK version of the assessment you will use for student work samples.]

Task 3 Part D: Evaluation Criteria

In one (1) file, combine the evaluation criteria for all your lessons, for example: rubric(s), scoring guide(s), answer key(s), checklist(s), other. Sub-titles must divide the sections in a single submission: Lesson 1 Evaluation Criteria, Lesson 2 Evaluation Criteria, etc.

Evidence of Academic Language

EXCELLENT! Academic Lanuage Bb Module: All Lehman College education students should have access to a BlackBoard organization titled, School of Education Student Modules. This includes the Academic Language Module, which offers excellent tips, a full lesson unit and other academic language exemplars created and presented by Dean Fayne.

Summary of Writing or Verbal Options:
1) Writing: Design one of the student assessments (in Planning Task 1: Part D) so that it prompts students to demonstrate their understanding and use of the academic language words (as described in one of your objectives for the unit).

In this case, you will be referencing your focus students’ work samples (submitted in Task 3: Part A) for the edTPA Commentary prompt about academic language use (Assessment Task 3: Part C). Therefore, you will not need to submit any additional documentation later in the portfolio.

2) Verbal: Design a question during your unit that prompts students to demonstrate their understanding and use of the academic language words verbally (as described in one of your objectives for the unit). This option must be submitted as a video (no more than 5 minutes).

Video Options for verbal/conversation evidence of academic language:

  • Video tape whole class lesson (academic language prompt is part of full class lesson)
  • Video tape whole class lesson (academic language prompt is for pairs, for example Turn & Talk, Think-Pair-Share)
  • Videotape small groups, pairs or individual student conferences

To best capture academic language dialog or to assist you in writing a transcript (no more than 2 pages) of the conversation if the audio cannot be heard in the videotape:

  • Take “Academic Language” notes (see details below)
  • Move camera close to conversation.


IMPORTANT: The edTPA requirement demonstrating evidence of academic language will be written about (i.e. the extent to which your students were able to use or struggled to use language) in the Commentary section (Task 3: Part C). However, the actual EVIDENCE of language use (selected function, vocabulary, and/or additional identified demands from Task 1) to develop content understanding), can be met by ONE, TWO or ALL THREE of the following sources:
  • Use video clip(s) from Task 2 and provide time-stamp references for language use.
  • Submit an additional video file named “Language Use” of no more than 5 minutes in length and provide time-stamp references for student language use (this can be footage of one or more students’ language use). Submit the clip in Task 3, Part B.
  • Use the student work samples analyzed in Task 3 and cite language use.

Academic Language Notes: To prepare for capturing academic language verbally, create a checklist or table of academic language words and listen carefully to conversations. Check off “word(s)” used, write student(s) name and take quick notes of what student(s) said. Return to notes and video recording after class to complete transcript if necessary. If prompt is for pairs or small group, circulate to 1 – 3 students and check off “word(s)” used, write student name and take quick notes of what student said. Return to notes and video recording after class to complete transcript.

For data and potential added value in your commentary, keep a record of how often student uses or describes understanding of “word.” Do not use student names in transcript for final edTPA submission.


Words Student Student said, “____”
Option: Number of times word used. Might be good reference in commentary
Word 1      
Word 2      
Word 3      


Last modified: Aug 15, 2014

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