edTPA Safety Net

Information on the NYS Board of Regents Action on 4/28/14

Regarding an edTPA “Safety Net”

Updated as of 5/2/14


Q.    Do I have to complete the edTPA to receive an initial teaching certificate in New York State?

A.    YES.  All candidates applying for initial certification must complete the edTPA and submit it to Pearson for scoring at least once.  

Q.    If I fail the edTPA, what are my options?

 A.    If you fail the edTPA, there are two options available through June 30, 2015:

  1. Re-take the edTPA:  You can re-take the edTPA to try to achieve a passing score.  You can either re-take just one task of the edTPA or you can re-take the entire edTPA.  You should consult with your edTPA advisor about the retake process.  More information on the edTPA retake process can be found at: http://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_RetakingEdTPA.html
  2. Take and pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) Exam:  Students who have taken and failed the edTPA can choose to take and pass the ATS-W instead of re-taking and passing the edTPA.  The ATS-W is one of the tests that is no longer required for certification, but is still offered by New York State.  As with all New York State Teacher Certification Exams, the ATS-W must be taken at a registered computer testing center.  More information about how to register for the ATS-W can be found at:  http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexam.html

Note:  After June 30, 2016, Option 1 – re-taking the edTPA and achieving a passing score - will be the only option.

Q.    What are the costs of the different re-take options for edTPA?

A.    To re-take one task of the edTPA is $100.  To re-take the entire edTPA is $300.  To take the ATS-W is $119.  These costs are current as of 5/2/15 but could increase over time. 

Q.    If I have already taken the ATS-W before failing the edTPA, can it be used in place of re-taking the edTPA?

A.    NO.  You must take the ATS-W after your edTPA failing grade is posted.

 If you need support in understanding these options please contact one the edTPA Advisors :

Matt Madden (Matthew.Madden@cortland.edu), edTPA Advisor 

Chris Widdall (chris.widdall@cortland.edu), edTPA Advisor