CalAPA Field Test

At this time, the Commission has acquired sufficient participation in the CalAPA field test. Additional participation requests are no longer being accepted.

In 2017–2018, the CalAPA will be field tested. The purpose of the field test is to engage stakeholders to try out the updated assessment program, including leadership cycles and rubrics that reflect pilot test feedback and online systems for registration, submission, and scoring.

Commission-approved administrator preparation programs sponsored by institutions of higher education (IHEs) and programs sponsored by local education agencies will try out the CalAPA with their candidates by embedding the cycles and rubrics within existing program requirements. Participation in the field test will be free for preparation programs and their candidates.

Field test data, including feedback from participating administrator candidates, preparation program faculty, and assessors, will inform further revisions to the cycles and rubrics and the assessment process in time for operational administration beginning in fall 2018.

Programs Complete Interest Survey
March–June 2017
Field Test Materials Posted for Approved Programs
October 2017
Field Test Registration and Submission Platform Launched
January 2018
Candidates Register and Upload Field Test Submissions
January–mid-April 2018
Field Test Submissions Scored
late-April–May 2018
Field Test Results and Feedback Reviewed
May–June 2018
CalAPA Revised for Operational Use
June–September 2018
CalAPA Operational (Non-Consequential Year)
Fall 2018-Summer 2019
CalAPA Operational and Consequential
July 2019

All candidate submission materials related to the field test will be kept confidential and secure. Field test results will not be provided to candidates by the CalAPA program. Administrator preparation programs should determine grades or credit for the evidence submitted as a replacement for a course assignment.

Questions about the field test and field test participation should be directed to

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