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 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.

EPPs Complete Interest Survey
March–May 2017
EPPs Submit Waiver Requests to CTC
May–June 2017
Field Test Materials Posted for Approved EPPs
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
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, candidates will participate in each 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

The Commission released Program Sponsor Alert Number: 17-02 PDF document to provide information to Commission-approved Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject preparation programs about the timeline for implementation of updated teaching performance assessments.

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