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Update on New Teacher Certification Examinations

Dear Colleagues,

I write to update you on the new teacher certification examinations. Several new resources are now available online and a description of each is described in this email. I ask that you share this information with your faculty, certification offices, and candidates.

 An Updated Frequently Asked Questions Document

 This FAQ contains a wealth of information regarding many aspects of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). This resource includes responses to reoccurring questions received by our office that required greater clarification. Please visit our updated FAQ at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/pdf/certexamfaq.pdf.


New Sample Items

Sample items for the Academic Literacy Skills Test are now available on the NYSTCE website. This exam will be required of all teacher candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014. This test is designed to evaluate the skills a candidate has in the areas of reading and writing to sources. The sample items are meant to demonstrate the style and rigor of items that will appear on the test. To view the sample items, please visit http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/studyguide/NY_SG_SRI_202.htm.


New Webinars

We expanded our series of webinars to include two short presentations about the Educating All Students test and the Academic Literacy Skills Test. The webinars summarize the changes and revisions in the New York State Certification Examinations and the knowledge and skills that will be assessed. These webinars can be found on the Office of Higher Education website, select New Certification Exams, listed under the heading New York State Teacher Certification Exams. Please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/certexam.html.


New Flyer

In order to increase awareness about the new certification examinations, we developed a new flyer that can be easily printed, posted online, or attached to electronic mailings. The attached flyer highlights the changes in certification examination requirements and clearly identifies the implementation dates. Please share this flyer with your faculty, candidates, certification offices, and any other interested stakeholders.


After reviewing the Office of Higher Education website and FAQ,i​f you have a question concerning teacher certification or which tests to take to become certified, please send an email to TCERT@nysed.gov.

If you have a question concerning how the teacher certification tests are developed, please send an email to emscassessinfo@nysed.gov.

Last Updated: March 5, 2015