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Designed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity, the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) was developed by teachers and teacher educators from 22 states and 160 institutions of higher education for use nationwide. edTPA has been required in Illinois since Fall 2015 as an indicator of a candidate's readiness to teach. In fact, 95 percent of NEIU's teacher preparation candidates passed the edTPA for FY16. 

Teacher candidates are required to submit a student teaching portfolio that include lesson plans, video clips, commentaries and student work samples. The portfolio should explain your work behind each of these tasks:

  • Planning for Instruction and Assessment
  • Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning
  • Assessing Student Learning