Welcome to the SUNY New Paltz School of Education edTPA News Update Web site. We are reaching out to help prepare you for the up-coming Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) that will become part of the teacher certification process starting in 2014, including changes to student teacher’s tasks.

Here you’ll find pages with specific information for student teacher candidates, college faculty members, school districts, parents, and cooperating teachers. The pages are by no means exclusive, and each one provides additional materials. We encourage you to explore every page, or just your dedicated one, depending on the depth of knowledge sought.


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has announced the new tests required for teacher and School Building Leader certification, including a portfolio-based Teacher Performance Assessment called edTPA.

When will the new requirements go into effect?

Candidates who apply for their first Initial certificate on or after May 1, 2014—including candidates who will graduate from an approved teacher preparation program on or after May 1, 2014—should not take the LAST or the ATS‑W.  These candidates will be required to pass the new edTPA, EAS, and ALST assessments instead. Click HERE for more information on all the new exams involved and which tests they will replace.

What is edTPA?

The Teacher Performance Assessment is a student-centered multiple measure portfolio assessment, which measures pre-service teachers’ readiness to teach. It will review a teacher candidate’s teaching materials and document the candidate’s ability to effectively support learning for all students. Developed by SCALE at Stanford Univeristy, edTPA is a multi-measure assessment system aligned with State and National standards, including the Common Core State Standards and the Interstate Teacher Assessment & Support Consortium (InTASC).

Which subjects will be available for assessment under edTPA:

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education, Literacy, and Mathematics
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Middle Childhood (English Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Studies, and Science)
  • Secondary (English Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Studies, and Science)
  • K-12 Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Theater)
  • K-12 Physical Education
  • Special Education (Inclusive Settings)
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • World Language

For further general information, please visit the edTPA Web site.