NYS Certification Exams - Overview


overview of the New Certification Examinations

The NYSED now requires that candidates applying for NYS Initial Certification on or after May 1st, 2014, complete new exams which are listed below.  Several of these are computer-based tests.  After you sort through all this new information, CUNY has created a study tip sheet just for you called 5 Steps to Prep! <pdf>


Exam Preparation Resources

Tools and resources to help students on their path to NYS teacher certification.


TEACHER PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

edTPA is a performance assessment that requires candidates to submit authentic artifacts (e.g., lesson plans, video clips of instruction, student work samples) selected from a 3-5 lesson segment of instruction. Candidates’ evidence is evaluated across five scoring components of teaching: Planning, Instruction, Assessment, Analysis of Teaching, and Academic Language.

Procedures and Requirements

  • Register on edTPA website
  • Fee $300
  • Minimum Passing Scores: Elementary Ed/49, All other handbook areas/41, World/Classical Langauges/35

Preparation Aids


ACADEMIC LITERACY SKILLS TEST (ALST)

The ALST consists of selected-response items, two focused constructed-response items, and one extended written assignment. The ALST measures academic literacy skills – reading, writing to sources - necessary to teach effectively in New York State public schools.

Procedures and Requirements

Preparation Aids


EDUCATING ALL STUDENTS (EAS)

The Educating All Students test consists of selected-response items and constructed-response items. Each constructed-response item will share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected-response items. The EAS test measures the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students – diverse student populations, English language learners, students with disabilities - effectively in New York State public schools.

Procedures and Requirements

Preparation Aids


CONTENT SPECIALTY TESTS (CSTs)

The CSTs (except those for languages other than English) consist of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CSTs for languages other than English include recorded listening and/or speaking components and writing components.  CSTs measure knowledge and skills in the content area of the candidate's field of certification.

Procedures and Requirements

  • Register on NYSTCE website
  • Fee $119 computer based, $79 paper based
  • Minimum Passing Score: current CSTs 220 (score range 100-300), revised CSTs 520 (Score range 400-600)

Preparation Aids

Certification exam News


ATS-W Vouchers Available to Candidates Who Did Not Pass the edTPA

Candidates who fail the edTPA and choose to take the ATS-W instead of retaking the edTPA may request a test voucher code to take the ATS-W at no cost.

How to request a voucher <pdf>

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NYSED implements edTPA safety net.

Students must take the edTPA!  On April 29 the Regents enacted a new process for candidates who do not pass the edTPA to take the ATS-W for certification.

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Preparation Guides for the New Content Specialty Tests Posted

New York State has released preparation guides for the new Content Specialty Tests. The first administration of the new exams began on September 22, 2014.