Educator Preparation Program CORE Assessments

The EPP Unit

The BYU Educator Preparation Program (EPP) includes all majors and minors that prepare teachers for licensure. As the accreditation unit for teacher preparation at BYU, the EPP is directed at the university level by the University Council on Teacher Education (UCOTE), which is chaired by the BYU associate academic vice president for undergraduate education. EPP Core Assessments are required for all students in EPP majors and minors.

EPP Outcomes

Candidates preparing for licensure through the EPP majors at BYU complete core assessments designed to demonstrate competence in the Utah Effective Teaching Standards (based on the national INTASC standards ).

EPP CORE Assessments

Faculty and students will use the mYlink system to access the rubrics and assessment details. Faculty will complete the evaluations using mYlink. In mYlink students can see the results of their assessments and can track their progress towards being recommended for licensure.

1. Admissions

2. Pre-Clinical Assessments

(pre-student teaching/practicum)

3. Clinical

(Completed during student teaching/internship)

*In secondary education programs completed at admissions only 
** Completed by university supervisor (US) and/or mentor teacher (MT)

Technology Skills Assessment (TSA)

  • Description: The TSA was designed to be completed towards the beginning of a program because it represents basic technical literacy in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and internet and communications.

  • Performance Criteria: These mastery-based assessments establish a baseline of technical competence. Students must successfully pass all four in the given test time; those who are unable to pass an assessment in two tries can receive individualized tutoring from the TEC lab before taking the assessment again.

  • Link to TSA Information: education14a.byu.edu/teclab/sced/index.html

Field Experience Demographics (FED)

  • Description: This worksheet is completed with each field placement. The worksheet provides data on demographics for the school/district and classroom of the candidate during their field experience.

  • Performance Criteria: Accurately complete and submit the form for each field placement.

  • Link to FED Worksheet: EPP FED Worksheet

Clinical Performance Assessment System (CPAS)

Link to CPAS Instrument: EPP CPAS

  • Description: The CPAS is a summative instrument that is completed by mentor teachers and university supervisors to evaluate candidates’ clinical work at the end of the student teaching/internship experience. Evaluations are based on the mentors’ and supervisors’ observations and consultations with the candidates.

  • Performance Criteria: The instrument uses a four-point scale (4=advanced competence, 3=basic competence, 2=emerging competence, 1=deficient). (Note: prior to Fall 2014, the CPAS had a 5 point scale.)

    • When administered during a practicum experience, the requirement is that for the University Supervisor evaluation the average score must be at least 2.0

    • When administered during student teaching/internship, the requirement is that for the University Supervisor evaluation the average score must be at least 3.0, with NO individual item scored at the deficient level. Student teaching/internship cannot receive a passing grade if a candidate does not pass the CPAS.

  • Link to CPAS for programs with approved modifications:

Professional Dispositions Instrument (PDI)

  • Description: The PDI is designed to evaluate the professional dispositions of candidates preparing to become educators.

  • Performance Criteria: The instrument uses a four-point scale (4=advanced competence, 3=basic competence, 2=emerging competence, 1=deficient).

    • When administered during a practicum experience, the requirement is that for the University Supervisor evaluation the average score must be at least 2.0

    • When administered during student teaching/internship, the requirement is that for the University Supervisor evaluation the average score must be at least 3.0, with NO individual item scored at the deficient level.

  • Link to PDI Instrument: EPP PDI

Praxis II

Teacher Work Sample (TWS)

  • Description: The EPP Teacher Work Sample (TWS) was adapted from the Renaissance Teacher Work Sample , a nationally recognized instrument developed by the Renaissance Partnership for Improving Teacher Quality. Candidates must develop, teach, and assess a unit of instruction, and report their results. Adaptations were made to better fit needs within our local context. TWS results are evaluated and documented by EPP faculty in eight categories ranging from contextual factors to evidence of student learning.

  • Performance Criteria: The instrument uses a four-point scale (3=advanced competence, 2=basic competence, 1=deficient, 0=missing). Passing the TWS requires a 2.0 or higher on the average of the eight section scores.

  • Link to TWS Documents:

  • Link to TWS for programs with approved modifications:

Department List Content Types: 
Educator Preparation Program (EPP)