AITSL's role in undertaking the TPA grant program was to:
The TPAs developed through the grant program will be assessed against Program Standard 1.2 by the TPA national expert advisory group (see section below for further information). The final decision as to whether an ITE program meets the requirements of Program Standard 1.2 rests with the accreditation panel and the relevant teacher regulatory authority.
Ensuring that high quality TPAs are developed, implemented and made available for ITE in Australia is important. AITSL will offer continued support in a number of ways, including:
All ITE providers must ensure that their programs meet the requirements of Program Standard 1.2.
It is the role of the teacher regulatory authorities’ (TRAs) accreditation panels to assess evidence against Program Standard 1.2. It is anticipated that TRAs will utilise the TPA national expert advisory group (see section below for further information) to seek advice on whether appropriate and sufficient evidence is provided against Program Standard 1.2.
AITSL is responsible for providing guidance on the requirements of Program Standard 1.2 and training accreditation panellists.
ITE providers participating in the TPA grant program should note this does not guarantee that Program Standard 1.2 will be automatically met during an accreditation process.
All TPAs will be considered as part of a full accreditation application in the context of the program in which they will be implemented, and the processes to support implementation, which may raise other areas of concern not addressed through the assessment by the TPA national expert advisory group.
See the FAQs for further detail.
A national TPA expert advisory group (TPA advisory group) has been established to ensure consistent and rigorous assessment of evidence in relation to TPAs (Program Standard 1.2).AITSL will manage the operation of the TPA advisory group and will draw on specifically selected members with a range of expertise including; technical expertise such as standard setting methodologies and establishing valid and reliable assessments, and expert knowledge in the design and delivery of initial teacher education.
AITSL conducted a request for tender process to seek participants for the TPA advisory group.
The TPA advisory group's role is to:
Implementation of any TPA will be a crucial consideration. The requirements of Program Standard 1.2 state that a TPA must be a valid and reliable assessment.
To ensure these requirements continue to be met it will be extremely important that clear conditions in relation to access and use of the tool are set. In assessing TPAs it is expected that the TPA advisory group will provide advice to accreditation panels and TRAs on the implementation considerations. An accreditation panel will always need to assess evidence against Program Standard 1.2 to ensure a provider has implemented, and will continue to implement, the TPA with fidelity, that is, in the way it was designed to be used.
Established grant program
Ensure funded consortia develop high quality TPAs that are ready for implementation in 2018
Work with consortia partners to support TPAs being made available at the conclusion of the project
Work with consortia partners to ensure TPAs can be made available to all ITE providers on reasonable terms at the conclusion of the project
Work with consortium partners, if involved in the TPA grant program
Support ITE providers to understand Program Standard 1.2
Work with their ITE providers who might be involved in the consortia
Consider advice from the TPA expert advisory group
Assess TPAs developed through the grant program
Provide advice to AITSL and TRAs on the assessment of the TPAs