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New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

Safety Nets for Certain NYSTCE Exams

At its March 13, 2017 meeting, the Board of Regents approved changes to the existing Safety Nets. Please refer to the New York State Education Department, Board of Regents link opens in a new window website for additional information.

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.

The EAS safety net allows a candidate who applies for and meets all certification requirements for the initial certificate on, or before, June 30, 2018, may use the EAS safety net passing score until the revised EAS becomes operational.

edTPA

The edTPA safety net allows a candidate who applies for and meets all certification requirements for the initial certificate on, or before, June 30, 2018, except he/she took and did not receive a passing score on the required edTPA on, or before, June 30, 2018, or until the date a new passing score on the edTPA is approved by the Commissioner, whichever is earlier, to either:

  • use a passing score on an ATS–W taken on, or before, April 30, 2014 (before the new certification examination requirements became effective), or
  • use a passing score on an ATS–W taken on, or before, June 30, 2018 or until the date a new passing score on the edTPA is approved by the Commissioner, whichever is earlier, and after receipt of a failing numeric score on the edTPA or an "Incomplete" (I) with a numeric score on one or more task totals.