edTPA for Alabama

The Alabama State Board of Education has approved edTPA as a pedagogical assessment option for candidates seeking initial teaching certification in the state of Alabama. Pre-service candidates may utilize the edTPA in lieu of other pedagogical assessments available for applications received on or after December 1, 2015.

Effective September 1, 2018, Alabama candidates will be required to participate and pass a teacher performance assessment for licensure. edTPA has been approved for to satisfy this certification requirement.

Beginning January 30, 2018, teacher candidates in Alabama will be prompted to enter their ALSDE Identify Management (AIM) ID upon edTPA registration. Alabama teacher candidates who have completed the background review process or had any scores submitted to the ALSDE should have a valid ALSDE assigned AIM ID. A candidate can search for his/her AIM ID using the ALSDE website link opens in a new window.


Find more information about certification within Alabama link opens in a new window.

Passing Scores for Alabama

The Alabama State Board of Education has adopted a preliminary edTPA passing standard of –1 Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) below the national recommended professional performance standard, as set out in the table below. Candidates who participate in edTPA and are successful with the preliminary edTPA passing standards may use their edTPA performance to satisfy the ALSDE pedagogical assessment certification requirement for applications received on or after December 1, 2015. The approved cutscores will remain effective until the Alabama State Board of Education adopts a final passing standard for initial certification that will be established prior to 9/1/2018.

13-Rubric Handbooks32
15-Rubric Handbooks37
18-Rubric Handbooks44

If you have additional questions about using the edTPA for certification in Alabama, please contact the ALSDE, Educator Assessment for specific details at 334-242-9936.

Your handbook selection should be aligned with your clinical experience. Please call or contact your state office of educator licensing for specific details.

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For additional information regarding edTPA state policies, please review state participation information at edtpa.org link opens in a new window.

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