edTPA for Tennessee

Beginning January 1, 2019, initial license applicants are required to submit qualifying scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based, subject-specific assessment.

Out-of-state applicants, who do not hold a professional level license in a state other than Tennessee, must submit qualifying scores on an approved pedagogical assessment. The edTPA may meet this requirement.

Please visit the full policy here: Profession Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105 link opens in a new window.


For more information about teacher licensure within Tennessee, please visit the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation (OELP) webpage link opens in a new window.

Qualifying Scores for Tennessee

The Tennessee State Board of Education has adopted a preliminary edTPA qualifying standard based on the edTPA Recommended Professional Performance Standard minus a full standard error of measurement as the passing standard for candidates utilizing their edTPA performance to satisfy the TN pedagogical assessment requirement.

The qualifying score will increase each year through January 2020 as listed below:

edTPA Handbook January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019 January 1, 2020, and thereafter
13 Rubric Handbooks3335
15 Rubric Handbooks3840
18 Rubric Handbooks4648

If you have additional questions about using the edTPA for educator licensure in Tennessee, please review the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation (OELP) webpage link opens in a new window for contact information.

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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