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Educator Prep Programs

Supporting Teacher Candidates to be Well Prepared on Day One

Clinical Experience is Critical to the Preparation of Teacher Candidates

Accessible Clinical Experience and Performance Data is Essential to Effectively Support Teacher Candidates

The shortage of teachers continues to grow, and when indicators of teacher quality are taken into account the shortage is even more dire than estimated. Now more than ever we need programs to produce teachers who are highly-qualified, well-preparedarmed with the knowledge and skills to be effective in the classroom on day one. Access to connected data, provides programs with a lens into candidates’ readiness to teach and informs improvements in candidate support and preparation.

Projected shortage of teachers nationwide by 2025

The nationwide shortage of teachers from preschool through high school is trending upward, projecting the shortfall will reach at least 200,000 by 2025.

More likely to leave teaching if untrained

Teachers with the least preparation are 2 to 3 times more likely to leave the profession than those with the most comprehensive preparation—including student teaching and courses in teaching methods.

of Teachers Leave or Move Schools Each Year

High rates of teacher attrition have a negative impact on teachers, students’ academic achievement, and schools’ organizational and financial health.

Dr. Alma Rodriguez

Dean, College of Education and P-16 Integration • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

"Clinical experiences are at the heart of teacher preparation. Having readily-available data on the performance of teacher candidates in their clinical experiences is essential to inform faculty about candidates’ strengths and areas in need of attention, as well as to identify trends over time. Ultimately, knowing what candidates know and are able to do in their clinical placements affords faculty the opportunity to make data-informed decisions for program improvement."

Common Questions Before You Get Started

  • How much will this cost?

    Ed Fi is free and open. However, there may be implementation costs depending on a number of factors.

  • How much time will this take?

    Implementing Ed-Fi with the Teacher Prep Data Model (TPDM) can vary depending on the number of use cases being implemented and the sources of data. For clinical experience and performance, most of the data comes from your Student Information System and Learning Management System. Time to implement will vary depending on access to the source data.

  • What if the model doesn't have a place for the data I need?

    We review issues and plan new releases of TPDM, so there’s a good chance we can help you. Once you create an Ed-Fi Account you’ll be able to access the current model and see if it fits your needs. If not, you can submit a ticket through Ed-Fi Tracker (Ed-Fi’s ticketing system) to request more information and to work with us to get you what is most helpful.

  • Who (and what roles) should be involved?

    We recommend forming a core team of champions to tackle Clinical Experience and Performance with data:

    – Program and Data Leads – Deans, Faculty, Analysts, and Assessment Coordinators

    – IT Leads – System administrators

  • What technology will I need?

    To start your prototype you’ll need an installation of PowerBI Desktop. You will also need to download the sample report provided. If you would like to explore the full Ed-Fi TPDM sample dataset, you will need SQL Server 2016 or 2017.

Get Started with Ed-Fi to Explore Clinical Experience and Performance

Our goal is to make implementing Ed-Fi for Educator Prep Programs as simple and straightforward as possible, so you can gain insight to teacher candidate performance on key objectives during their clinical experience. Use our step-by-step implementation guide to tackle clinical experience and performance.

Option 1

Do It Yourself

Our Quick Start Guide leads users through the quickest possible path to deploying a working version of the Clinical Experience and Performance reports using a small sample data set on a single computer without consideration for advanced configurations.

Step 1


Download pre-designed Clinical Experience and Performance PowerBI files to help you bring your teacher candidate data together.

Step 2


Install Power BI Desktop on your computer. If you already have Power BI Desktop, you can skip this step.

Step 3

Open & View

Open the Clinical Experience and Performance sample report. This report includes the data to illustrate clinical experience and performance visualizations.

Get the Starter Kit

Option 2

Work with Tech Vendors

If you are interested in learning more about engaging an education technology partner to assist you, please contact Lindsey Judd, Community Manager, Teacher Prep Data Model at

Contact Lindsey

Option 3

Share with a Colleague

Want to start your Ed-Fi journey but need to get other teammates involved? Send them an email with a link to this page to share this important information with them and start building your data team.

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Not Sure Where to Begin?

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Lindsey Judd

Community Manager, Teacher Prep Data Model

Steven Arnold

Technical Program Manager