NYSTCE Testing Program Update
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents have announced the development of new tests required for teacher and School Building Leader certification in New York. The new tests include a portfolio-based teacher performance assessment (edTPA™), an Educating All Students Test, an Academic Literacy Skills Test, updated Content Specialty Tests, and an updated School Building Leader assessment.
- New testing requirements
- Test redevelopment schedule updated 7/2/2015
- About edTPA
- edTPA information for faculty
New Testing Requirements
|Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014, or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014, but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014|
|Initial Teaching Certificate||
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Tests (CST)
|Initial School Building Leader Certificate||
Revised (Sept. 2013) School Building Leader Assessment (SBL)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Information for Transitional B candidates can be found at the NYSED website, www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsl2012.html.
Test Redevelopment Schedule
The following non-regulatory guidance is subject to revision throughout the redevelopment process. Please consult this page frequently for updates to this guidance.
|Test Field||Frameworks Posted||Test Operational||Date New Test Is Required|
CST Group 1:
English Language Arts
Library Media Specialist
|Fall 2014||September 2014||Required for all candidates taking a Group 1 CST on or after September 22, 2014*|
CST Group 2:
Business and Marketing
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Family and Consumer Sciences
Students with Disabilities
|Fall 2014||September 2014||Required for all candidates taking a Group 2 CST on or after September 22, 2014*|
CST Group 3:
Blind and Visually Impaired
|Spring 2015||Fall 2015||As they are available in fall 2015*|
CST Group 4a:
|Winter 2015 (draft)||Fall 2016||As they are available in fall 2016*|
CST Group 4b:
American Sign Language
|Spring 2015||Fall 2016||As they are available in fall 2016*|
CST Group 5:
|TBD||Fall 2017||As they are available in fall 2017*|
|* Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST for their field before the new test is implemented will be required to take and pass the new test.|
One of the new requirements is edTPA. Authored and developed by a team of Stanford University researchers, with substantive advice from teachers and teacher educators, edTPA is designed to be used as a portfolio-based assessment for pre-service teacher candidates. Supported by an initiative involving more than 25 states and more than 180 participating institutions as well as the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), edTPA will be available nationally for states, institutions of higher education, and teacher candidates.
- November 25, 2013, Memo to Deans—edTPA Use of Materials
- November 22, 2013, Commissioner King Announces Scores Needed to Pass New edTPA Exam
- March 23, 2012, Letter from Commissioner John B. King, Jr.
- March 12, 2012, Policy memo from John L. D'Agati to the Regents Committee on Higher Education
- edTPA website
edTPA Information for Faculty
For more information, see "edTPA for New York State" on this site.
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