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Performance Assessment for Teacher Certification

In June of 2014, regulations requiring teacher candidates to pass a performance assessment in order to gain licensure were adopted and in December of 2015 edTPA was selected as the Commissioner- approved assessment. On August 3, 2016 the State Board of Education voted to set the cut score on the Commissioner-approved performance assessment, edTPA.

Successful completion of the performance assessment will be required for all candidates seeking a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing on or after September 1, 2017. Certificate of eligibility holders who begin teaching in or after the 2017-2018 academic year will be required to successfully complete the performance assessment before earning a standard certificate.

As adopted by the New Jersey State Board, the implementation timeline for edTPA is designed to enable a gradual ramp-up to full implementation and is as follows:

School Year Requirement
2016-2017 Optional pilot
  • All CEAS candidates complete the assessment for certification but do not need to meet a specific cut score
  • All CE holders who begin teaching in the 2017-18 school year must complete the assessment but do not need to meet a specific cut score if the assessment is taken during this school year
2018-2019 Cut score set at one standard error of measurement below the national recommendation
2019-2020 Cut score determined by New Jersey standard setting process

To learn more about the assessment, see the following: