Certification

Update on New Exams for Initial Certification of Teachers and School Building Leaders

At the December 2012 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved the regulation for the new testing requirements for the initial certification of teachers and school building leaders.  Read the December 2012 Regents item pdf .  The following guidance is based on the proposed regulation discussed by the Board and is subject to change when regulations are adopted later this year.

  1. Initial Certificates for Teachers in all fields other than Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  2. STEM Pathway Certification Candidates
  3. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option A
  4. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option B
  5. Candidates Applying for Transitional B or C Certificates
  6. Candidates Applying for Transitional B or C Certificates
  7. Transitional G Candidates
  8. Timeline for School Building Leader Candidates
  9. When will the new exams be available?
  10. What is going to be covered on the new exams?
  11. edTPA
  1. Initial Certificates for Teachers in all fields other than Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    Candidates who have completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014, will need to pass the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written), and the CST in the area of the certificate on or before April 30, 2014. Instead of meeting the old examination requirements, a candidate applying for certification on or before April 30, 2014 may achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the new set of examinations (edTPA, EAS, ALST, CST). Candidates will not be permitted to mix and match examinations from the old and new tests.

    Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will be required to pass the edTPA, EAS, ALST, and CST.

  2. STEM Pathway Certification Candidates
    Any candidate seeking an initial certificate in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or in a closely related field as determined by the Department in grades 7-12 and who is applying for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 and who has completed all other requirements for initial certification under such section on or before April 30, 2014 is only required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the LAST.

    Any candidate seeking an initial certificate in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or in a closely related field as determined by the Department in grades 7-12 and who is applying for an initial certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall only be required to pass the EAS and ALST.

  3. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option A
    Candidates who have completed an associate’s degree and have two years work experience in a field related to their certification are eligible to apply for certification under the Option A pathway. A candidate who has completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the ATS-W on or before April 30, 2014 or achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and EAS.

    A candidate who applies for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or a candidate who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the edTPA and EAS. However, the Department is currently considering future amendments to the regulation to allow candidates to pass the ATS-W until the edTPA is available.

  4. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option B
    Candidates who have a high school diploma and four years work experience in a field related to their certificate are eligible to apply for certification under the Option B pathway. A candidate who has completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST) and ATS-W on or before April 30, 2014 or submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the CQST, edTPA and EAS.

    A candidate who applies for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or a candidate who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the CQST, edTPA and EAS. However, the Department is currently considering future amendments.

  5. Candidates Applying for Transitional B or C Certificates
    A candidate who applies for a Transitional B or C certificate on or before April 30, 2014 and who meets all the requirements for a Transitional B or C certificate on or before April 30, 2014, is required to take the LAST and the CST in the area of the certificate, where such CST is required for the certificate title on or before April 30, 2014. Successful completion of the CST in the area of the certificate shall not be required for the Transitional B certificate authorizing the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, students with disabilities, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired, or students with speech and language disabilities, or for an extension of a Transitional B certificate in bilingual education. Instead, the candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on a CST prescribed by the Commissioner.

    A candidate who applies for a Transitional B or C certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or a candidate who applies for a Transitional B or C certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for a Transitional B or C certificate on April 30, 2014 is required to pass the ALST, EAS, and the CST in the area of the certificate, where such CST is required for the certificate title. Successful completion of the CST in the area of the certificate shall not be required for the Transitional B certificate authorizing the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, students with disabilities, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired, or students with speech and language disabilities, or for an extension of a Transitional B certificate in bilingual education. Instead, the candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on a CST prescribed by the Commissioner or a teaching certificate in the classroom teaching service.

  6. Transitional B or C Candidates Applying for Initial or Professional Certification
    Candidates for certification via the Transitional B or C (“alternative”) pathways would be subject to the following requirements. A candidate who applies for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, and who has completed all other requirements for an initial certificate or who has completed all requirements for an initial certificate except completion of their registered Transitional B program, on or before April 30, 2014, is required to take the ATS-W and any other examination required for the provisional or initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable, on or before April 30, 2014 or a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and any other examination required for the provisional or initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable.

    A candidate who applies for an initial certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or who applies for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and any other examination required for the provisional or initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable.

  7. Transitional G Candidates
    A candidate applying for a Transitional G certificate (only available to individuals who hold a graduate degree and are college professors) on or before April 30, 2014 and who meets all the requirements for a Transitional G certificate on or before April 30, 2014 is required to pass the LAST on or before April 30, 2014 or achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the ALST.

    A candidate who applies for a Transitional G certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or who applies for a Transitional G certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for a Transitional G certificate on or before April 30, 2014 will be required to pass the ALST.

  8. Timeline for School Building Leader Candidates
    A candidate applying for a school building leader certificate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State assessment for school building leadership. In addition, for candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but do not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall also achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the EAS.

    Following the 45-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, the Department received a few comments in response to the regulation. Attached is an assessment of the public comment received.

    Exam Chart (New and Current exams) pdf (71KB)

  9. When will the new exams be available?
    The Teacher Performance Assessment will be available in Fall 2013.  The Academic Literacy Skills Test, Educating All Students test, and SBL exam will be available in September 2013.  The Department has published a timetable at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/ giving the date when each new CST will be available. 

  10. What is going to be covered on the new exams?
    To enable program administrators and faculty to adjust their curricula and prepare their candidates to pass the new exams, the Department has posted test frameworks that outline in detail the material that each test will cover, as well as the performance standards for each test.  The preliminary frameworks and scoring rubrics for the Teacher Performance Assessment, the Academic Literacy Skills test, the Educating All Students test, and the new School Building Leader exam can be found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/.  Some of the frameworks for each new CST have been published while the others will be published well before the first administration date.  These can also be found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/ .

  11. edTPA

    Additional information regarding the new exams can be found at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/certexam.html
Last Updated: October 17, 2013