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.

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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 edTPA
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. Link opens in a new window.

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
Health Education
Library Media Specialist
Physical Education
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
Educational Technology Specialist
Family and Consumer Sciences
Gifted Education
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
Technology Education
Spring 2015 Fall 2015 As they are available in fall 2015*
CST Group 4a:
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Social Studies
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:
Earth Science
Visual Arts
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.

About edTPA

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.

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edTPA Information for Faculty

For more information, see "edTPA for New York State" on this site.