NYSED Certification Exams EXTENDED
Posted: April 27, 2016
At its April 2016 meeting, the Board of Regents extended the time periods for safety nets that were approved in May 2015. The extension is applied to the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS), and certain redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)*. These safety nets are designed for students who have failed one of these NYS Teacher Certification Exams and will complete all other requirements for certification by June 2018. In other words, safety nets provide a 2nd chance at meeting some exam requirements for certification.
These safety nets will be effective through June 30, 2017. This deadline date is aligned with the edTPA safety net which was also extended through June 30, 2017. Any student taking advantage of a safety net will then have until June 30, 2018, one year later, to meet all other certification requirements. After this deadline all safety nets will expire. If necessary, candidates may take advantage of multiple safety nets.
For example, if a student failed a certification exam that has a safety net, the requirements for this safety net must be satisfied on or before June 30, 2017. The student will then have until June 30, 2018 to complete all other requirements for certification (e.g. Graduate from their program; complete DASA training, receive fingerprint clearance, pass any other NYSED exam requirements, etc.). In this case, a safety net will stand in for the failed certification exam. But if the student does not complete the remainder of their requirements by June 30, 2018, then all safety nets will expire, and the student will need to pass all certification exams.