We welcome you to the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) website.

What is the GTPA?

The GTPA is an authentic culminating summative assessment designed to demonstrate preservice teachers’ ability to meet the Graduate Teacher Standards. In completing the GTPA, preservice teachers demonstrate their competence in planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting on the impact of their teaching on student learning. They also show how they use evidence of student learning during their final-year professional practice.

Why has the GTPA been developed?

The GTPA provides evidence that beginning teachers are ready for entry to the profession. It responds to moves to strengthen initial teacher education (ITE) programs. The national 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’.

What are the next steps?

The GTPA Trial is in progress during 2017. As part of the Trial, preservice teachers from 13 Universities will undertake the GTPA in schools across Australia. The focus of the GTPA Trial is further validation of the assessment tool and scoring guide. It involves standard setting and identification of exemplars to show quality practices and performance in ITE.

What work has been done to date?

The GTPA was developed in 2015. An initial validation of the GTPA against the Graduate Teacher Standards was undertaken in early 2016, and a Pilot was completed in the second half of 2016.  The Trial of the GTPA has been informed by each of these activities. In 2017 a suite of web resources has been developed to support consistent communication and implementation.

Who is involved?

Led by the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, the GTPA Trial involves a National Consortium of 13 Universities. These Universities have selected a range of ITE courses in which preservice teachers will undertake the GTPA. The Trial is being overseen by a Steering Group from higher education institutions, regulatory authorities, teacher unions, employing authorities, and national principal associations.

What opportunities does the GTPA provide?

The GTPA enables preservice teachers to demonstrate their ability to engage with the full cycle of teaching practice in a final-year professional experience placement. Critically, the GTPA enables preservice teachers to demonstrate the impact of their teaching on classroom learning.

The GTPA is being undertaken as part of a National Standards Project. This Project will generate large-scale evidence of teacher quality to inform policy, practice and research.