Content Specialty Tests (CSTs), Educating All Students test (EAS), and edTPA safety nets

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

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 predecessor CST or the revised CST until June 30, 2017.

  • Redeveloped CSTs operational after October 2016:

The CST safety net allows candidates to take either the predecessor CST or the revised CST until June 30, 2019.

  • Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7-12):

The Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7-12) safety net is extended to June 30, 2018.

For additional information regarding the CST safety nets, go to Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) Safety Net .

Educating All Students test (EAS)

The safety net for the EAS is extended until the revised EAS becomes operational. For additional information, go to Educating All Students test (EAS) Safety Net .


The safety net for the edTPA is extended until the date a new passing score for the edTPA is approved by the Commissioner or June 30, 2018, whichever is earlier. For additional information, go to edTPA Safety Net .

At its March 13, 2017 meeting, the Board of Regents eliminated the requirement for candidates to take and pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), or use the safety net, in order to obtain an Initial classroom teaching certificate. March 2017 Regents Item pdf document (172KB).

If the ALST examination is the last requirement for your certificate to be issued, see for additional information.

Safety Net is the Last Requirement

If a candidate has met all requirements for certification by the applicable date in the Safety Net Deadline Chart (see link below), except the use of one or more the safety nets, and the certificate has not been issued:

Send an email to examsafetynet@nysed.gov , requesting that the safety net(s) be applied to the candidate's application, and include the candidate's:

  • first and last name;
  • last four digits of the social security number;
  • and date birth.
We will then review the candidate's application.

Multiple Safety Nets

If necessary, candidates may take advantage of multiple safety nets in order to meet the requirements for certification.  For important dates, go to Safety Net Deadline Chart .

Saftey Net Deadline Chart

To view the Saftey deadline chart, go to Safety Net Deadline Chart .

For specific information regarding each safety net, see:

Regents Items:

Last Updated: March 31, 2017