NYSED: Certification Exams and Teaching Standards in NYS

Certification Exams

The New York State Education Department is in the process of developing new teacher certification exams. The new tests include a portfolio-based Teacher Performance Assessment known as edTPA, an Educating All Students Test, an Academic Literacy Skills Test and revised Content Specialty Tests. The draft frameworks and test designs for several of the tests are continually being updated. Several websites provide additional information:

New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE - general and current information)

NYSTCE: Updated information on new certification tests (including draft tests and sample questions)

NYSTCE: edTPA in New York State (resources for faculty)

New York State Office of Higher Education

edTPA general information (an AACTE website)

Certification Exam Safety Nets

**All of these safety nets are effective through June 30, 2016**


If you fail the ALST, you have the option to apply to the Chair of the Department of Education to attest that you have demonstrated comparable literacy skills consistent with what would be assessed by the ALST through course completion and that you received a 3.0 grade point average or higher in such coursework.  This safety net will be implemented retroactively and will apply to anyone who has failed the ALST.

Note: There is no guarantee that the candidate's work will pass the faculty review.

Full Policy for the Ithaca College ALST Safety Net

ALST Attestation Form


If you fail the edTPA, you can take the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Standards- Written) instead.  If you are in a K-12 certification area, you can take either the elementary or secondary ATS-W.   You register for the AST-W at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/


In late June 2015, 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.  If you do not receive a notification, you will have to retake the EAS and score above the new safety net pass score.


For only the following CSTs:


English Language Arts

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1 – Grade 6)

Physical Education

Health Education

If you fail one of the above CSTs, you can retake the “safety net” CST.  You MUST take and fail the non-safety net CST in order to be able to use the safety net CST for certification.  You register for the safety net CST at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/

If you failed the ALST, EAS, or one of the specific CSTs mentioned above and you have registered to retake the assessment, BUT you have not yet retaken it, you may receive a refund from Pearson. 

Refund Policy Explanation

Click here for the complete NYSTCE Safety Net regulation

State Teaching Standards

NYSED's website maintains information about current New York State Teaching Standards and other regulations pertaining to educator preparation in NYS.