Teaching Performance Assessments: an overview for schools

AITSL is driving the work around Initial Teacher Education reform with the overall aim of securing quality teaching and preparing new teachers well. This work has four focus areas:

  • stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses
  • more rigorous selection of students into the programs
  • better practical experience for the students, and
  • more rigorous assessment of graduates to ensure that they are “classroom ready”.

The final area is being addressed through a new evaluation activity for pre-service teachers – a teaching performance assessment (TPA).

As schools take on pre-service teachers for placements and will likely be the settings for TPAs, it is important that principals and teachers know more about this incoming initiative.

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