AUGUSTA, GA – For the past four years, Dr. Judi Wilson worked to ensure that Augusta University’s teacher candidates were ready when Georgia implemented edTPA education majors in Fall of 2015. EdTPA is the new pre-service teacher performance assessment developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity.
Wilson and the College of Education worked to align the university’s pre-service teacher preparation program to ensure students are prepared for the assessment. And now students have an additional advantage: Wilson has been named an official edTPA scorer in the area of elementary literacy.
The intense qualification process required dozens of hours of lectures and quizzes, as well as requiring Wilson to complete several qualifying portfolios. The obvious result is that Wilson will be responsible for scoring student portfolios in elementary literacy, as they are completed and uploaded.
“I can now ‘think like a scorer,’ which means I can assist our students, faculty and P-12 partners in understanding the scoring process,” Wilson said.
EdTPA is designed to require teacher candidates to demonstrate their effectiveness inside the classroom before they can be licensed. Student teaching candidates create and upload a practice teaching portfolio that includes detailed lesson plans, instructional materials, videos reflecting their classroom teaching methods, along with student assessments and analyzing student work.
Dr. Judy Carter, chair of the Department of Teacher Education, said that before being confirmed as a national scorer, Wilson had already begun conducting workshops regionally and nationally on her model for student success with edTPA. Augusta University students scored well above the state average in the first semester of the assessment process.
“We are still celebrating that significant achievement, while Dr. Wilson prepares for another national edTPA presentation in April,” Carter said.
And Wilson’s success also gives the university an on-site expert who can stay abreast of assessment changes in real time. She said that her experience in thinking beyond the rubrics will make her a more effective classroom teacher, professional learning facilitator for edTPA faculty and stronger edTPA Coordinator for the university.
“It’s a win-win for all of us. I hope other faculty will take advantage of the opportunity to become official scorers in the future,” Wilson said.
“We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Judi Wilson in charge of edTPA at Augusta University,” Carter said. “She is doing a marvelous job here, as well as in the state of Georgia.”