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The preparation and support of teachers is a shared responsibility between teacher preparation programs (TPPs), certification agencies, and those hiring graduates. When everyone works together, the quality of the teaching profession is strengthened. To do their part and align their goals with a continuous improvement cycle, each of these groups needs access to better data at specific times in the teacher talent pipeline. In response to this need, UPD conducted research, gathered requirements and developed technology to create the Teacher Preparation Data Model (TPDM), involving key players as stakeholders in the process.

This documentation provides a conceptual overview of the TPDM and the basic technology facts useful for those considering or starting a TPDM implementation project.

Connected for Improvement 


TPDM is an extension to the Ed-Fi data standard for teacher preparation that will harness and integrate pre-service and in-service data to be used to prepare teacher candidates and support the growth of current teachers. The TPDM extension enables comprehensive data aggregation over the span of a teacher’s entire career, from entry into a TPP, through knowledge and skills demonstrated in fieldwork experiences, to placement and performance as an in-service teacher. TPPs, SEAs, LEAs, and schools can access and review data through automated data connections to develop strategies to ensure teachers are prepared to meet the needs of their students. UPD is also developing a dashboard and reporting tool aligned with the Ed-Fi TPDM to enable TPP stakeholders to have access to the right data at the right time to aid in decision making for program improvement.

For this Collaborative TPP Dashboard project, UPD is also utilizing a process of gathering requirements, feedback, and best practices from TPPs and partners. The dashboard tool will be made  available through the Ed-Fi Exchange so that TPPs, State, and/or District partners may choose to implement it out-of-the-box or customize it to tailor it to their needs. 

TPDM Overview Presentation

Below is a PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of the Teacher Preparation Data Model (TPDM) initiative.  This presentation was shown on the first of the TPDM webinar series held on May 31, 2018.


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