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

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 updated instructional cycles and rubrics and online systems for registration, submission, and scoring.

During the field test, Commission-approved preparation programs (both student teaching and intern-based) sponsored by institutions of higher education or districts are asked to try out the revised CalTPA with their teacher candidates by embedding the cycles and rubrics within existing program requirements. Participation in the field test is free for programs and their candidates.

The Commission is allowing programs 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 assessment program in time for operational administration beginning in fall 2018.

Programs Complete Interest Survey
March–May 2017
Programs Submit Waiver Requests to CTC
May–June 2017
Field Test Materials Posted for Approved Programs
October 2017
Field Test Registration and Submission Platform Launched
February 2018
Candidates Register and Upload Field Test Submissions
February–mid-April 2018
Cycle 1 Target Submission Due Date
March 5, 2018
Cycle 2 Target Submission Due Date
April 2, 2018
Cycle 1 & 2 Final Submission Deadline
April 16, 2018
Field Test Submissions Scored
late-April–May 2018
Field Test Results and Feedback Reviewed
May–June 2018
CalTPA Revised for Operational Use
June–September 2018
Standard Setting Study Conducted
July 2018
Passing Standards Determined by the CTC
August 2018
CalTPA Operational and Consequential
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, each candidate will participate in one of the CTC's credential areas:

  • Multiple Subject
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business
  • English
  • English Language Development
  • Health
  • History/Social Science
  • Home Economics
  • Industrial and Technology Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • 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

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