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)
The New York State Board of Regents has recently updated information on how the CST safety nets can be utilized.
The new legislation now reads:
- New Single-Subject CSTs: For the 14 CSTs (this would include French & Social Studies) that will be released in November 2016, the new safety net will allow candidates to take and pass either the revised CST or the predecessor CST for certification. Based on concerns from the field, this will provide teacher education programs with additional time to prepare for the revised CSTs. This policy serves to help relieve some of the financial burden on candidates because they will not be required to take and fail the revised CST before taking the predecessor CST. This safety net will expire on June 30, 2019.
- Previously Revised Single-Subject CSTs: Conforming changes to the existing safety nets for the previously revised CSTs (those CSTs that became operational in September 2014 or 2015 which would include English Language Arts, Literacy, Math, & Students with Disabilities) will allow candidates who apply for certification on or after October 18, 2016 or who have a pending certification application with the Department to take and pass either the revised CST or the predecessor CST for certification. This safety net for those previously revised CSTs will expire on June 30, 2017. These safety nets will expire before the safety net for the newly revised tests (those being released in November 2016) because those students and institutions have already had time to prepare for the revised exams since those examinations will have been operational for over two years when the safety net expires.
- Multi-Subject CSTs: The amendment allows a candidate on or after October 18, 2016 through June 30, 2017, to receive either a satisfactory passing score on the revised MST B-2, 1-6, and 5-9 or the predecessor MST B-2, 1-6, and 5-9, removing the requirement for the candidate to take the revised tests. Previously, the candidate was required to take and fail the revised test before taking its predecessor. This safety net will expire on June 30, 2017.
- Multi-Subject CSTs for Grades 7-12: At its January 2016 meeting, the Board of Regents directed the Department to create a temporary safety net for those candidates who have taken and failed Part Two (the Mathematics portion) of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 Content Specialty Test. To be eligible for the safety net, a candidate must pass Part One (Literacy and English Language Arts) and Part Three (Arts and Sciences) of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 CST and then take and fail Part Two (Mathematics) of the CST and then complete a mathematics tutorial. This safety net is extended until June 30, 2018 to allow time for a team of educators to review the appropriateness of the rigor of Part II (the math component) of this examination.