Looking at Teacher Practice

The IA-TPA is an opportunity to provide beginning teachers with meaningful feedback on their instruction as they prepare for their standard license. The scoring of teacher submissions will be anonymous to provide teachers with an impartial view of their teaching practice.

What Teachers Are Expected to Do

Task 1:

Submit one unit

of instruction

with 2 formative


  • Context of Classroom
  • Unit Plan Outline
  • Commentary

Task 2:

Analyze student

work from


  • Three (3) Student Work Samples
  • Commentary

Task 3:

Develop & implement

an instructional


  • Video record differentiated lesson
  • Commentary
  • Video record goal setting conference
  • Commentary

Task 4:

Analyze learning

progress for

target students

  • Assessment Commentary
  • Learning Commentary
  • Three (3) Student Work Samples

Teachers should not have to create new work products for this assessment (excluding the commentaries), but rather leveraging existing artifacts from the instructional processes teachers follow today. All artifacts are submitted as a single portfolio of work.

Qualifications to Be a Rater

Rating the IA-TPA is a rich professional development opportunity for mentors, teacher leaders, administrators, and university faculty to understand how beginning teachers are applying their skills in the classroom. You will also learn to identify evidence of practice and provide feedback based on the IA-TPA rubrics. Once qualified to be a rater, you will be asked to score between 5-10 submissions (depending on the number of teachers and raters recruited during the pilot).
  • Significant experience observing and working with teachers in the field to develop their competencies
  • Rich understanding of research-based strategies including lesson design, instruction, and assessment
  • Experience with scoring performance-based assessments and authentic work
  • Comfort in using technology

Become a Rater

Mentors, teacher leaders, administrators, and university faculty are all eligible to become a Rater for this project. To get started, you will first need to sign up by clicking on the Sign Up to be a Rater button below. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email about participating in an online training session to learn about the task, rubrics, and how to score teacher work. After the training, you will be asked to score sample submissions to be qualified as a potential rater. Raters will not be compensated for training.

Once qualified, and teachers start submitting their work, you will be assigned their work to review and blind score using an online platform. The scoring window will take place over a 1-3 month period, depending on the number of teacher submissions. Raters will be compensated for each submission they rate.

Access to Resources

This page is password protected and available to individuals who are Raters for the IA-TPA. If you are a Rater, but do not have a password, please contact support@IA-TPA.com