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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 operational after 2016 [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 until June 30, 2019.

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

The Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) CST is required for the Students with Disabilities Generalist (Grades 7–12) certificate. For the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) Part Two: Mathematics safety net, 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 Part Two: Mathematics 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 and will apply to anyone who has failed Part Two: Mathematics of the CST but has taken and passed both Part One and Part Three prior to June 30, 2018. Please see the NYSED CST Safety Net webpage link opens in a new window for more information.

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

Educating All Students (EAS)

The safety net passing score for the EAS is 500. Candidates who apply for and meet 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 test becomes operational.

edTPA

Safety Net

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 handbook on or before June 30, 2018, 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 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.

Multiple Measures Review Process

The New York State Multiple Measures Review Process (MMRP) is for teacher candidates who do not pass the edTPA, but score within two points of the passing score opens in a new window and can demonstrate that they are prepared to become a teacher of record. A panel will decide if the teacher candidates who apply for the MMRP should receive a waiver for the edTPA requirement for teacher certification.

To be eligible for a waiver of the edTPA requirement through the MMRP, teacher candidates must:

  • have an edTPA total score that is one or two points below the passing score effective January 1, 2018 and the status of the exam is "failing" in TEACH;
  • have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 in their program area or its equivalent, as determined by the Commissioner; and
  • have already received satisfactory passing scores on all other certification examinations (or available safety nets) required for the teaching certificate sought and, for those not enrolled or formerly enrolled in a New York State teacher preparation program, also have met all other requirements for certification (e.g., coursework, workshops).

Please see the NYSED edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process webpage opens in a new window for more information.