Regents lower passing score for teacher certification

by Cathy Woodruff

On Board Online • September 18, 2017

Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents recommended new adjustments to New York's teacher certification process, including extension of a "safety net" provision through June 2018, at their September meeting. Following a 45-day public comment period, the changes are to be considered for adoption in December.

The plan would lower the passing score from the current 41 to 38 for the edTPA, a subject-specific performance exam required for initial certification, in 2018 and 2019. Candidates would pass by scoring 39 in 2020 and 2021, and 40 beginning in January 2022.

Also, candidates who do not pass the edTPA will be able to achieve certifications by passing an older exam, the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W) until June 30, 2018.

Proposed changes also include an adjustment to the Multiple Measures Review Process, which is available for candidates when there is "compelling evidence" that they are ready to teach, even though they did not reach a passing score on the edTPA.

A change in language is intended to make it easier for candidates to know when they can use that process. Candidates must meet three criteria: fall within two points below the edTPA passing score; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; and pass all other exams required for their teaching certificate.

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