New York State Teacher Certification Exam Emergency Safety Nets Update
The edTPA Safety Net has been extended and additional safety nets have been created for the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS), and redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs). Any exam requirement to be satisfied by one of the safety nets must be satisfied on or before June 30, 2017. You can take advantage of more than one safety net.
Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
Any candidate who takes the edTPA exam and receives a failing numeric score, may choose to take and pass the ATS-W exam on or before June 30, 2017 in lieu of retaking and passing the edTPA. Candidates who previously passed the ATS-W (prior to May 1, 2014) may use that score.
Educating All Students (EAS)
A temporary “Safety Net passing score” will be established. If a candidate has previously taken and failed the EAS, he/she may be deemed to have passed the EAS, if he/she scored at or above the Safety Net passing score. Beginning in late June, candidates who previously failed the EAS, but scored at or above the Safety Net passing score, will be notified that they have now been deemed to have passed the assessment. The new Safety Net passing score is 500. Those currently taking the EAS through June 30, 2017 need not take any action; the submission will be evaluated automatically. After June 30, 2017, the original EAS passing score (non-Safety Net) of 520 will be used.
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Any candidate who takes and fails the ALST can submit an attestation signed by the dean or chief academic officer of their school of education, attesting that candidate has demonstrated comparable literacy skills consistent with what would be assessed by the ALST through course completion and that the candidate received a 3.0 GPA or higher in such coursework. Attestation form available. This will be implemented retroactively.
Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)
Candidates who take and fail one of the eligible redeveloped CSTs will have the option of taking the corresponding predecessor CST (the Safety Net CST) in lieu of retaking the redeveloped CST. There is no safety net for new exams. The redeveloped CST must be taken and failed first. Candidates who take a Safety Net without first taking the corresponding eligible redeveloped CST may not use that Safety Net CST for certification. In that instance, the candidate will have to retake the Safety Net CST after receiving a failing score on the redeveloped CST.
Candidates taking a redeveloped CST with multiple parts must take and submit all parts of the redeveloped CST, but need only fail one part of the three part assessment to be eligible for the Safety Net.
The Safety Net CSTs will be computer based. Pearson anticipates that it will be able to offer the Safety Net CSTs beginning in July and the Safety Net CSTS will continue to be offered through June 30, 2017. Candidates can register and pay for the Safety Net CST through the NYSTCE website.
The following CSTs are covered by the redeveloped CST Safety Net:
- English Language Arts
- Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
- Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1-Grade 6)
- Students with Disabilities