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{Teaching Performance Assessment}

Chris Nicholas Boosalis, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Office: DBH 308 - see map

Stephanie Marson

Administrative Assistant
Office: DBH 307 - see map
Phone: 209/664.6817

All TPA-related email should be directed to:



What is the Teaching Performance Assessment?

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.

TPA General Information

General information about the TPA Program from the CTC can be found here.

TPA Glossary

For a glossary of TPA terms click here [PDF]

Teaching Performance Expectations

To learn more about California's Teaching Performance Expectations click here [PDF]

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