General Information

As of July 2008, California statute (Chap. 517, Stats. 2006) requires all candidates for a preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential to pass an assessment of their teaching performance with K-12 public school students as part of the requirements for earning a teaching credential. This assessment of teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and ability with relation to California's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating his/her ability to appropriately instruct all K-12 students in the Student Academic Content Standards. Each of the three approved teaching performance assessment models requires a candidate to complete defined tasks relating to subject-specific pedagogy, designing and implementing instruction and student assessment, and a culminating teaching experience or event. When taken as a whole, teaching performance assessment tasks/activities multiply measure the TPEs. Candidate performances are scored by trained assessors 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. All candidates who start a Commission-approved multiple and single subject teacher preparation program as of July 1, 2008 must meet the teaching performance assessment requirement.

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To learn more about California's Teaching Performance Expectations, click here [PDF] - Updated June 2016 


Aligning Teaching Performance Assessment Models to Revised Standards and Performance Expectations

This letter from the Commission details the Process and Timeline for Aligning TPA Models to Revised Standards and Performance Expectations
December 12, 2016

Ensuring Successful Implementation of the Teaching Performance Assessment

This letter from the Commission (PDF) outlines the responsibility of K-12 Districts and County Offices in Partnering with Teacher Preparation Programs to Ensure Successful Implementation of the Teaching Performance Assessment. (Updated March 2017)

This letter may be duplicated and distributed to assist in the implementation of the TPA. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Information for StakeholdersTPA Data Collection

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Four models of the TPA are currently available.

Please select the model for which you would like more information.

California Teaching Performance Assessment
- CalTPA -
edTPAFresno Assessment of Student Teachers
- FAST -
Performance Assessment for California Teachers
- PACT -
For those considering designing a Teaching Performance Assessment, download the Assessment Design Standards. [PDF]
Updated June 21, 2018