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Enhancing the performance of beginning teachers

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

IA-TPA logoThe Iowa Department of Education is engaging in a field study of teacher performance assessment designed to enhance a beginning teacher’s learning. We are currently seeking volunteers – both new and experienced – to participate in this study.

The Iowa Teacher Performance Assessment (IA-TPA) provides beginning teachers and their mentors a structured process for looking at teacher practice that makes teachers active players in their own learning as part of their first two years of teaching.

What’s in it for beginning teachers and school districts?

  • The beginning teacher and mentor will have an enriched discussion centered on the Iowa Teaching Standards.
  • The beginning teachers will receive targeted feedback to improve their practice.
  • Evidence will be compiled to support the beginning teacher’s mastery of the Iowa Teaching Standards.

The pilot aims to learn from the volunteers’ experiences by using their feedback to inform the design of the tool and the process for its use.

For more information, visit the IA-TPA website. For specific questions and information, send an email to or

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 20, 2018 at 10:24am.