Certification

Teacher Performance Assessment Requirement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

At its April 2022 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents voted to modify the teacher performance assessment requirement for certification by eliminating the edTPA requirement for certification and, instead, requiring that New York State-registered teacher preparation programs integrate a teacher performance assessment into the candidates’ student teaching, practicum, or similar clinical experience (e.g., residency, mentored in-service component).

The edTPA is no longer a certification requirement as of April 27, 2022. On that date, the edTPA safety net, edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process (MMRP), and the availability of the Conditional Initial certificate also ended, as these accommodations are no longer needed.

New York State-registered teacher preparation programs have until September 1, 2023 to develop or choose a teacher performance assessment that meets the criteria in the following definition and is designed to promote the professional growth of candidates seeking their first Initial teaching certificate.

  • Teacher performance assessment means a multi-measure assessment where candidates demonstrate the pedagogical knowledge and skills identified in the New York State Teaching Standards, which align with the four principles of the New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, and their content knowledge and skill in teaching to the State learning standards in the grade band and subject area of a certificate sought.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

edTPA Questions

1. When did the edTPA requirement for certification end?
    The edTPA is no longer a certification requirement as of April 27, 2022.

2. Who is impacted by the elimination of the edTPA requirement for certification?
    Any individual who has pursued, is pursuing, or plans to pursue New York State teacher certification would no longer need to complete the edTPA as of April 27, 2022. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who:
    • Are in-state or out-of-state,
    • Completed a teacher preparation program in the past,
    • Did not pass the edTPA in the past,
    • Currently are enrolled in a teacher preparation program,
    • Currently have an application in TEACH, or
    • Currently hold an Emergency COVID-19 certificate.
3. I applied for certification prior to April 27, 2022 and the edTPA is listed as a requirement on my application. However, I have not completed the edTPA. What happened to my application on April 27, 2022?

    All active teacher certificate applications that were submitted before April 27, 2022, and had the edTPA requirement listed as “unmet” in the past, now have this requirement marked as “exempted” in the TEACH system as of April 27, 2022. You no longer need to meet this requirement for certification.

    In addition, if the edTPA was the only remaining requirement that you needed for certification, this requirement is now marked as “exempted” in the TEACH system and your application was approved on April 27, 2022. On the following day, your certificate was either issued or placed in “Evaluation Complete – Pending Final Review” status, which is described on the Status of Your Application webpage.

4. If I apply for certification on or after April 27, 2022, will the edTPA be listed as a requirement on the application?
    No. Applications for teacher certification will no longer include the edTPA as a requirement beginning April 27, 2022.
5. If I applied for the edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process (MMRP), what will happen to my MMRP application?
    The Office of Teaching Initiatives is no longer processing MMRP applications in response to the elimination of the edTPA certification requirement on April 27, 2022. Please review FAQ #3 to see what happened to your certificate application.
6. If I have paid the $300 fee for the edTPA and have not submitted my assessment for scoring, can I get a refund of the fee?
    The edTPA refund policy is described on the edTPA website and explains how individuals can receive a partial fee refund. Please note that a refund is not available once an assessment is submitted for scoring.
7. I registered to take the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) for the edTPA safety net. If I withdraw my registration, can I get a refund of the test fee?
    The refund policy for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE), including the ATS-W, is described on the NYSTCE edTPA website.

New York State-Registered Teacher Preparation Program Questions

In the following FAQs, “programs” refers to New York State-registered teacher preparation programs and does not refer to out-of-state teacher preparation programs

8. What are the criteria for teacher performance assessments that must be integrated into the candidates’ student teaching, practicum, or similar clinical experience by September 1, 2023?

    Registered programs must develop or choose a teacher performance assessment that meets the criteria in the following definition. NYSED will not be providing additional guidance for programs that develop an assessment (e.g., rubric, template). Programs have the flexibility to develop or choose a teacher performance assessment that meets their local interests and needs and are welcome to work within and across institutions in the development of their assessment.

    • Teacher performance assessment means a multi-measure assessment where candidates demonstrate the pedagogical knowledge and skills identified in the New York State Teaching Standards and their content knowledge and skill in teaching to the State learning standards in the grade band and subject area of a certificate sought. The teaching standards align with the four principles of the New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework.
9. What are the New York State Teaching Standards?
    In the proposed definition of a teacher performance assessment (please see FAQ #5), candidates must demonstrate the pedagogical knowledge and skills identified in the New York State Teaching Standards, which align with the four principles of the New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework1. The teaching standards, elements, and performance indicators for each element are described in the New York State Teaching Standards. The seven teaching standards are listed below.

      1. Knowledge of Students and Student Learning
      2. Knowledge of Content and Instructional Planning
      3. Instructional Practice
      4. Learning Environment
      5. Assessment for Student Learning
      6. Professional Responsibilities and Collaboration
      7. Professional Growth
10. Which candidates need to complete the teacher performance assessment implemented by their program?
    Candidates seeking their first Initial teaching certificate in all teacher certification subject areas, including educational technology and speech and language disabilities, must complete a teacher performance assessment. The assessment must be designed to promote the professional growth of candidates seeking their first Initial teaching certificate. Candidates who already hold a teaching certificate and are seeking an additional certificate do not need to complete the assessment.

11. Do candidates need to complete the edTPA while their program is developing or choosing a teacher performance assessment?
    Candidates do not need to complete the edTPA for certification purposes on or after April 27, 2022. Since registered programs have until September 1, 2023 to implement their new teacher performance assessment (TPA), there may be a transition period where candidates are not required to complete the edTPA for certification or a TPA implemented by the registered program. Once programs implement their TPA, either on or before September 1, 2023, candidates will be required to complete the TPA in their program.
12. Should programs submit the names of candidates who are eligible for the edTPA safety net to the Office of Teaching Initiatives at the end of the spring semester?
    No. Candidates do not need to complete the edTPA for certification purposes on or after April 27, 2022. Therefore, the edTPA safety net is no longer applicable on that date. Please review FAQs #3 and #4 to see how candidates’ current or future certificate applications will be impacted by the elimination of the edTPA certification requirement.
13. Can programs within an institution have different teacher performance assessments?
    Yes. Registered programs could have teacher performance assessments that are the same as, or different from, other programs at their institution.
14. What do programs need to submit to the Office of College and University Evaluation (OCUE) to demonstrate that they meet this new teacher performance assessment requirement?

    Registered programs must develop or choose a teacher performance assessment that meets the criteria in the teacher performance assessment definition, and must integrate the assessment into the candidates’ student teaching, practicum, or similar clinical experience by September 1, 2023 (please see FAQ #8).

    By September 1, 2023, institutions would send the following documents to the Office of College and University Evaluation (OCUE) to demonstrate that they meet the teacher performance assessment requirement.

    • Assurance Form. NYSED will be creating a form where institutions will attest that the teacher performance assessments for all programs leading to a first Initial certificate meet the criteria in the definition of a teacher performance assessment. The assurance form will be posted on the OCUE website by July 1, 2022.
    • Teacher Performance Assessments. Each institution will submit no more than four total TPAs to OCUE to serve as representative samples, with one TPA for each program developmental level that is offered at the institution (early childhood, childhood, adolescence, and/or all grades). In addition:
      • The institution’s OCUE-identified CEO or designee would send the TPAs in a single email. TPAs from SUNY and CUNY System institutions must be submitted to OCUE by the System Administration. Contact the System Administration for information concerning relevant TPA submission requirements.
      • The TPAs would be sent along with the assurance form to OCUE at ocueedapps@nysed.gov.
      • Please note that, while NYSED will not be approving or disapproving TPAs, staff will be reviewing each TPA and may follow-up with programs for clarification.
      • Institutions need to maintain documentation related to their TPAs and make them available upon request by NYSED.

    Please note that field experiences, student teaching, and practica must continually comply with the program's philosophy, purposes, and objectives, with learning outcomes specified and their achievement regularly evaluated, as described in section 52.21 of the Commissioner’s regulations.


1 The four principles of the New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework are: welcoming and affirming environment, high expectations and rigorous instruction, inclusive curriculum and assessment, and ongoing professional learning.

Last Updated: May 18, 2022