The edTPA is a pre-service performance assessment designed to determine a teacher candidate’s readiness to teach. It is the first nationally available, educator designed performance assessment for candidates entering the teaching profession. The edTPA requires the teacher candidate to plan, instruct and assess a 3 to 5 hour learning segment while developing an electronic portfolio of evidence of teaching competency. The assessment is completed during the second semester of the teaching internship. The 27 subject-specific versions of the assessment share a common architecture and common language.