A Complete Picture of Teacher Success

The Teacher Preparation Data Model (TPDM) leverages the Ed-Fi Data Standard and technologies to integrate data from Teacher Preparation Programs (TPPs) and state and local education agencies. 

When Teacher Preparation Dashboards are used with this model, rich, connected information enables those training teachers to make data-driven decisions and program improvements. TPDM enables TPPs to ensure that early career teachers are entering the classroom fully equipped to support each and every one of their students.

“This is a game changer for our program! We can use strong data and move away from anecdotal information. We can assess the quality of our graduates and the rigor of our work. There will be no more excuses; we’ll have the data necessary to accurately inform program improvements and ensure program quality.” 

– Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and P-16 Integration, University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley 

The TPDM technology solution is valuable to TPPs, but it can also inform LEA talent management processes and SEA reporting and accountability processes. SEAs can provide valuable reporting and analysis tools for teacher prep programs as they gather data from these programs across their states and share aggregate information back to them.

The collaborative opportunities between TPPs, LEAs, and SEAs around teacher preparation data sharing and use are a strong lynchpin for improved teacher preparation programs and, ultimately, student outcomes.

Our TPDM can pull in the following source information (and more):

  • Teacher Prep Program data (different configurations)
  • State agency data
  • School district data
  • Pre-service and in-service information
  • Applicant, teacher candidate, faculty, mentor teacher, and K12 student information
  • Assessment, surveys, observations, grades, and transcripts

How it Works

Education institutions, such as TPPs and state and local education agencies, house and standardize data from several sources—including enrollment, course, assessment, field placement, and survey data—in the TPDM Operational Data Store.


This standardized, interoperable data flows into Teacher Preparation Dashboards so it’s easy for faculty and education agency staff to analyze how teacher candidates and early career teachers are performing in the classroom.


By continuing to collect high-quality, actionable data in real-time, faculty can base program improvements on how their candidates and program completers are actually performing in the classroom—not just on anecdotal information from schools.


Having been trained and assessed in data-driven practices, new teachers are ready to incorporate evidence-based instruction in their classrooms. Their teaching methods are founded in what works to support every student.


To learn more about our Teacher Prep Data Model, contact:

Lindsey Judd, Community Manager, Teacher Prep Data Model, lindsey.judd@ed-fi.org

Steven Arnold, TPDM Development Lead, steven.arnold@ed-fi.org

You can also check out blog posts about TPDM here!