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Federal and state legislation continues to promote teacher accountability in the United States. The new edTPA, a subject-specific teacher performance assessment, is purported to measure beginning teacher readiness and is being pilot tested and implemented for licensure and certification decisions across the country. In this exploratory quantitative study, the researchers examined edTPA scores of 21 world language teacher candidates from two teacher preparation programs and compared those results to the cut scores for the states of Washington and New York. Results indicated that participants performed best in the planning section and were most challenged by the assessment section. This research has implications for teacher certification candidates, world language teacher preparation programs, policy makers, and other stakeholders.


This is the accepted version of the following article:

Hildebrandt, S. A. and Swanson, P. (2014), World Language Teacher Candidate Performance on edTPA: An Exploratory Study. Foreign Language Annals, 47: 576–591

which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/flan.12117.