At its October 2016 meeting, the Commission approved the opportunity for educator preparation programs (EPPs) and their candidates to fulfill the TPA credential requirement by participating in the pilot rather than by taking and passing a currently approved TPA. Interested programs were required to submit a request for a waiver and be approved by the Commission to participate. At this time, additional waiver requests are no longer being accepted.
In the spring of 2017, the revised CalTPA will be piloted. The purpose of this pilot test is to engage stakeholders to collect additional validity evidence on the design of the assessment.
Commission-approved programs sponsored by institutions of higher education (IHEs) and intern programs sponsored by districts and IHEs will try out the instructional cycles (tasks) and related scoring rubrics with their teacher candidates by embedding the cycles and rubrics within existing program requirements. Participation in the pilot will be free for EPPs and their candidates.
Pilot 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 a full field test of the entire assessment system in 2017–2018.
As the revised CalTPA is subject-specific, across participating EPPs 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 pilot test will be kept confidential and secure.