What is a teaching performance assessment?

A teaching performance assessment (TPA) is a tool used to assess the practical skills and knowledge of pre-service teachers. Pre-service teachers collect evidence of practice to complete a TPA in the final year of their initial teacher education program. It is assessed by ITE providers and is a requirement for graduation.

In this video, AITSL Deputy CEO Edmund Misson explains what TPAs look like.

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This animation about TPAs was developed by the Queensland College of Teachers.

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Since 2019 all teaching performance assessments developed by ITE providers must be reviewed by the expert advisory group




AITSL's free teaching performance assessment services 

AITSL can match you with a TPA formative Advisor, inclusive of two rounds of consultation.

TPA process

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Operational principles

This document sets out the principles of operation for teaching performance assessment services provided by AITSL to support the development and implementation of teaching performance assessments in Australia.

Information for teachers and school leaders

Learn more about what a teaching performance assessment means for teachers and school leaders.

Examples of teaching performance assessments

The Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA)

The GPTA is led by the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, as part of a collective of HEIs and expert teacher educators in a range of ITE courses across the country.

The Assessment for Graduate Teaching (AfGT)

The AfGT is a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) instrument developed and implemented by a consortium of Australian higher education providers that have Initial Teacher Education (ITE) faculties or schools.