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A chance to help a new teacher

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Iowa Department of Education is engaging in a field trial of the teacher performance assessment designed to enhance a beginning teacher’s professional 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 IA-TPA project now offers a degree of flexibility to Iowa districts regardless of the mentoring and induction (M&I) program that is used. Based on feedback from participants, the instrument has been revised and its use has been expanded: 1) participants may join the field study and use the instrument as part of their current M&I program; 2) participants may use the instrument as part of their current M&I program, use the feedback data in-house and not be involved with the field trial; or, 3) districts may want to check out the Innovation Collaborative as a M&I program for beginning teachers that complements the use of the IA-TPA instrument.

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 22, 2018 at 6:43am.