What is the GTPA?

The GTPA is an authentic culminating assessment designed to demonstrate preservice teachers’ competence in classroom practice assessed against the Graduate Teacher Standards (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, AITSL, 2011). In completing the GTPA, preservice teachers demonstrate the complete planning, teaching, and assessing cycle. They also show how they use evidence of student learning during their final-year professional experience placement.

Why has the GTPA been developed?

The Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures, Program Standard 1.2, requires that ‘pre-service teachers … have successfully completed a final-year teaching performance assessment prior to graduation’ (AITSL, 2015, p. 10). The GTPA has been developed to meet the requirements of this policy initiative intended to assure quality teacher preparation.

What are the next steps?

In 2018, a collective of higher education institutions (HEIs) has agreed to implement the GTPA in a wide range of ITE courses at Bachelor and Masters levels. Teacher educators will work together to ensure the fidelity of how the GTPA is implemented, apply the standard as set in the Trial, and undertake systematic moderation for comparability purposes. This is the first time in Australia that ITE providers have undertaken this critical work. It is a significant investment of expertise to strengthen public confidence in the quality of teacher education.

What work has been done to date?

The Learning Sciences Institute Australia began development of the GTPA in 2015. An initial validation of the GTPA against the Graduate Teacher Standards was undertaken by the Queensland College of Teachers in 2016. The Trial of the GTPA occurred in 2017. A second validation of the GTPA against the Standards occurred as part of the much larger validation of the instrument in the Trial. A suite of web resources was developed to support consistent communication and implementation.

Who is involved?

Led by the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, a collective of HEIs and expert teacher educators will undertake the 2018 GTPA implementation in a range of ITE courses across the country. Throughout the year, consultations will also occur with teachers and school leaders, regulatory authorities, teacher unions, employing authorities, and national principal associations.

What opportunities does the GTPA provide?

Through a focus on fidelity of implementation and the application of standards, including in moderation, HEIs will undertake a parallel program of research, generating data to show graduate competence measured against required standards.

In 2018, the GTPA collective will generate new knowledge about the application of standards, judgement, and moderation to inform practice, policy and research.