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New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

Safety Nets for Certain NYSTCE Exams

As of October 18, 2016, the Board of Regents approved changes to the existing Safety Net for redeveloped CSTs. Please refer to the New York State Education Department, Board of Regents link opens in a new window website for additional information.

At its May 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents, by emergency regulation, extended the edTPA safety net and created safety nets for the Educating All Students test (EAS) and certain redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs).

For additional information on the policy and requirements for the safety nets, please refer to the New York State Education Department link opens in a new window website or submit questions to examsafetynet@nysed.gov.

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

The safety net for the redeveloped CSTs [excluding Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) Part Two: Mathematics (see below)] allows a candidate to choose to take either the Safety Net (old version) CST or the redeveloped CST, depending on the program administered by the institution the candidate attended.

At its October 2016 meeting, the Board of Regents, by emergency regulation, amended the CST safety nets.

  • Redeveloped CSTs Operational prior to October 2016:

    The CST safety net allows candidates to take either the Safety Net (old version) CST or the redeveloped CST until June 30, 2017.

  • Redeveloped CSTs operational after October 2016:

    The CST safety net allows candidates to take either the Safety Net (old version) CST or the redeveloped CST until June 30, 2019.

Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) Part Two: Mathematics

At the January 2016 Board of Regents meeting, the Board approved a safety net for candidates who take and fail Part Two: Mathematics of the new Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) Content Specialty Test, which is required for Students with Disabilities—Grades 7–12—Generalist Teacher Certification. As amended, candidates must complete a mathematics tutorial and complete and submit an attestation stating that they have demonstrated comparable mathematics skills consistent with what would be assessed by the Mathematics portion of the CST through course completion, and that they received a 3.0 grade point average or higher in such coursework. In addition, candidates must submit a transcript identifying such coursework along with the attestation. An attestation form is available only to candidates who qualify for the safety net and will be distributed to those candidates via email. This safety net will be implemented retroactively; will apply to anyone who has failed the Mathematics part of the CST, but has taken and passed both Part One and Part Three; and has been extended to June 30, 2018.

Review preparation materials and important registration information for the Safety Net CSTs.

Educating All Students (EAS)

The Board of Regents directed the Department to establish a "safety net passing score," which has been set to 500. The original passing score was 520.

All previous EAS submissions have been reviewed to determine if those who failed the EAS would have passed the assessment under the safety net passing score. Candidates who previously failed the EAS, but scored at or above the safety net passing score, have been notified that they have now been deemed to have passed the assessment. No action is required on the part of any candidate whose passing status has changed. The updated passing status has been reported directly to NYSED and any reporting institutions that candidates indicated when registering.

Candidates currently taking the EAS through June 30, 2017, need not take any action; their submission will be evaluated under the safety net passing score automatically. After June 30, 2017, the original EAS passing score (non-safety net) will be used to determine if a candidate has passed the assessment.

edTPA

Any candidate who takes and fails to receive an acceptable passing numeric score on the edTPA may take and pass the  ATS–W on or before June 30, 2017, in lieu of retaking and passing the edTPA, or use an existing ATS–W score if the ATS–W was passed prior to May 1, 2014.