Fact sheet - Teaching performance assessment - Program Standard 1.2

TPA and the accreditation process 

Robust assessment of pre-service teachers is vital in giving students, families and schools confidence that graduates from Australian initial teacher education programs are effectively prepared for entry into the profession. The Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (2015) (Standards and Procedures) requires that all pre-service teachers successfully complete a rigorous assessment (teaching performance assessment) that covers the breadth of teaching practices to ensure that they are classroom ready by the time they graduate.  

This fact sheet provides further information on the requirements of the teaching performance assessment (TPA) as outlined in Program Standard 1.2. The fact sheet has been designed to assist members of accreditation panels to understand and assess the requirements of Program Standard 1.2 and to support providers in the development of their accreditation applications.

Key features of the TPA in Program Standard 1.2

Assessing a TPA for accreditation 


Darling-Hammond, L., & Snyder, J. (2000). Authentic assessment of teaching in context. Teaching and Teacher Education, 16(5-6), 523-545.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) 2005, The take one activity book: An evidence-centered approach to accomplished teaching, NBPTS & ETS, USA.