Blog: Tips & Tricks
Using Taskstream to Support Faculty and Students with edTPA
As you may already know, edTPA™ is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment developed by Stanford University and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) that is used by hundreds of educator preparation providers across 40 states to measure and support the knowledge and skills of their teacher candidates. edTPA is intended to be used as a summative assessment given at the end of an educator preparation program for teacher licensure or certification and to support state and national program accreditation.
Taskstream is an integrated edTPA platform provider and has a considerable amount of knowledge and experience supporting educator preparation providers with edTPA. Having supported many of our clients with edTPA over the years, we understand that this is a high-stakes process that can be stressful for both students and faculty and have worked hard to provide the technology and support materials to make it as easy as possible.
Below, we have compiled a few tips and tricks on how Taskstream helps you administer and support your faculty and students with edTPA.
Easily Access Pre-Built Templates, Handbooks, & Resources
Taskstream provides you with access to pre-built edTPA templates, handbooks, rubrics, and other materials in one system. The templates in Taskstream provide candidates with a scaffolded view of the tasks they need to complete. Many Taskstream users have found that this view is much more digestible for their candidates and helps break the tasks down into discrete parts.
The directions area for each task includes links to the corresponding handbook and evidence charts. These are helpful for candidates to easily access all of the information about the tasks, exactly what types of files are required, how many are allowed for each task, and further details about specific requirements for each task. Candidates can also download other resources such as commentary prompts from the directions area so they can download a Word version that they can use to enter their work and then re-upload this for submission. These documents are available in each Directions area for every part of the edTPA portfolio. We update these documents in our system whenever they are updated or re-released by SCALE.
Allow Candidates to Submit Work Directly to Pearson & Retain Copies of Work
Candidates can easily transfer their work directly to Pearson for official scoring by selecting the ‘Send to Pearson’ button from within each edTPA program.
Many Taskstream users choose to retain a copy of the student work as well and can easily do this by enabling a preference that allows for students to not only submit their work to Pearson, but to also submit it to Taskstream for you or other faculty to whom you provide access to view.
Monitor the Status of Candidates’ Work in Real-Time
Taskstream’s Analytics includes an edTPA dashboard that allows for you to easily monitor your students’ edTPA submissions to Pearson. This includes a summary of work that has been successfully submitted to Taskstream and/or Pearson, pending submissions, and work that was not successfully submitted. This can be very helpful to track and monitor your students and ensure they are completing their portfolios in a timely manner. You even have the ability to see the status of specific students by drilling into each edTPA program from the dashboard.
The edTPA Dashboard overview allows you to see a graphical representation of activity in each of your edTPA programs.
Benefit from Comprehensive Faculty & Candidate Support
We believe that the quality of support we provide is as important as the technology we deliver. We work closely with our clients to ensure their success by providing expert support at every stage. We begin our partnership with you by conducting a comprehensive needs and readiness assessment to better understand your current practices and future goals. A hands-on, experienced implementation specialist then works closely with you to ensure you get the most benefit from our solutions. Our highly responsive and knowledgeable Mentoring Services team is also available seven days a week to answer any questions that you, your colleagues, and your students may have.
In addition to providing unlimited strategic, functional, and technical support, we provide you with access to several edTPA-focused resources. As mentioned previously, all of the edTPA templates, handbooks, rubrics, and other resources are easily accessible in the system. We have also developed a detailed support document for edTPA candidates to help further assist them with completing their edTPA portfolio in Taskstream. This guide contains detailed information on registering for the edTPA on Pearson, instructions on uploading work to Tasks, as well as contact information for Pearson and Taskstream customer support. In addition to the candidate guide, we also have a guide for edTPA Coordinators as a supplemental resource detailing the setup options available for your edTPA programs. You can request a copy of either of these documents by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this blog post will better help you in supporting your students through the edTPA submission process. If you or your students have any questions about using Taskstream for edTPA submission, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-311-5656.
 edTPA. “edTPA FAQ,” http://edtpa.aacte.org/faq#51