Illinois edTPA Advisory

Illinois edTPA Advisory - Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Requires Official edTPA Score Report from Pearson

In accordance with Illinois' move toward implementation of a teacher performance assessment, WGU began administering the "scaling up" phase of the edTPA teacher performance assessment to student teachers in Illinois in Fall 2013, and continued during the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 cohorts.  As permitted under SCALE edTPA guidelines, these "scaling up" administrations of the edTPA were locally scored by evaluators at WGU rather than by Pearson.  ISBE stated in its publications that completion of edTPA would be required for certification after September 2015.  Starting in Fall 2015, and in all subsequent cohorts, WGU has moved to the "full implementation" phase of the edTPA assessment, with edTPA submissions being officially scored by Pearson. 

Illinois Licensing Rules and edTPA Submission Requirements
ISBE has instituted the passage of the edTPA teacher performance assessment as a requirement for teacher certification, and now requires all applicants to submit an official edTPA score report issued by Pearson.  Starting July 1, 2015, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) began requiring applicants who completed out-of-state programs like WGU to provide verification that they had completed edTPA during their teacher preparation program.  WGU contacted ISBE and asked them to accept the locally scored edTPA assessments completed by WGU student teachers, but ISBE advised that they would only accept official score reports issued by Pearson. 

Who This Affects
WGU graduates who completed demonstration teaching in Illinois in the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 cohorts will need to take additional actions to obtain an official edTPA score report from Pearson. 

What to Do
Due to the unexpected nature of the edTPA requirement implemented by ISBE and its adverse impact on licensing, Western Governors University is willing to provide guidance to graduates affected by this issue to help them meet the Illinois edTPA requirement.  If you are: 1) A graduate of WGU, and 2) completed edTPA during your demonstration teaching in Illinois in the in the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, or Spring 2015 cohorts, and 3) have been asked by ISBE to submit an official edTPA score report, please carefully follow the instructions below to request assistance from WGU in resubmitting your edTPA to Pearson for official scoring.

1. Send an email to with the following information:


  • Provide your first and last name, WGU student ID number, current email address and phone number.
  • Indicate whether you are currently working in a classroom setting.  If so, please indicate the grade level and subject of the classroom, as well as your role (teacher, paraprofessional, etc.).
  • When did you complete edTPA?
  • Do you still have your edTPA submission materials?
  • By what date do you want to have your officially scored edTPA completed?

2. Allow 5-7 business days for the edTPA team to receive your email, review your records, and get back in touch with you via email. 

3. The edTPA team will advise you on resubmitting your edTPA materials to Pearson for official grading.  WGU will cover the cost of the official edTPA scoring. 



Article Number : 62614