CalTPA Field Test
At this time, the Commission has acquired sufficient participation in the CalTPA Field Test with the exception of the following subject areas: Agriculture, Business, English Language Development, Health, Home Economics, and Industrial and Technology Education. Programs interested in field testing the CalTPA in these subject areas should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2017–2018, the revised CalTPA will be field tested. The purpose of the field test is to engage stakeholders to try out the updated assessment program, including instructional cycles and rubrics that reflect pilot test feedback and online systems for registration, submission, and scoring.
Commission-approved traditional and intern-based educator preparation programs (EPPs) sponsored by institutions of higher education (IHEs) or districts will try out the revised CalTPA with their teacher candidates by embedding the cycles and rubrics within existing program requirements. Participation in the field test will be free for EPPs and their candidates.
The Commission will allow EPPs and their candidates to fulfill the TPA credential requirements by participating in the field test rather than by taking and passing a currently approved TPA. Interested programs are required to submit a request for a waiver of the TPA requirement and be approved by the Commission to participate.
Field test data, including feedback from participating teacher 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.
Note that the dates provided above are subject to change. This website will be updated whenever new information becomes available.
As the revised CalTPA is subject-specific, candidates will participate in each of the CTC's credential areas:
- Multiple Subject
- English Language Development
- History/Social Science
- Home Economics
- Industrial and Technology Education
- Physical Education
- World Languages
All candidate submission materials related to the field test will be kept confidential and secure. Questions about the field test and field test participation should be directed to email@example.com.
The Commission released Program Sponsor Alert Number: 17-02 to provide information to Commission-approved Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject preparation programs about the timeline for implementation of updated teaching performance assessments.