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California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates that are student teaching before Fall 2018 will be required to complete the current CalTPA Tasks 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Candidates that are student teaching in Fall 2018 or after will be required to complete the revised CalTPA 2.0 Instructional Cycle 1 & 2.

What is the CalTPA?

The California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) is a state-mandated, program-embedded assessment for Multiple and Single Subject Credential Program candidates who were admitted to their program on or after July 1, 2008. These candidates are considered "High Stakes" and are required to complete all four CalTPA Tasks to be recommended for the credential.

CSU Long Beach uses the state-developed California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) in its Multiple and Single Subject programs. This assessment of teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to California's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating his/her ability to appropriately instruct all K-12 students in the state Academic Content Standards. TaskStream software is used to administer the assessment. Candidates must subscribe to TaskStream to gain access to the system.

The CalTPA requires a candidate to complete four Tasks: Subject-Specific Pedagogy (SSP), Designing Instruction (DI), Assessing Learning (AL), and Culminating Teaching Experience (CTE). When taken as a whole, the Teaching Performance Assessment tasks/activities measure the Teaching Performance Expectations. Candidate performances are scored by trained assessors against one or more rubrics that describe levels of performance relative to each task/activity. The CalTPA meets standards of assessment reliability, validity, and fairness to candidates. All candidates who start a Commission-approved multiple or single subject teacher preparation program as of July 1, 2008 must meet the teaching performance assessment requirement. 
A detailed description of the CalTPA is available at: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/TPA.html

What is the CalTPA 2.0?

Initial administration expected in Fall 2018.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) revised the current CalTPA and created CalTPA 2.0. The revised CalTPA is structured around two full instructional cycles based on the pedagogical sequence of plan, teach and assess, reflect, and apply, each conducted within a school placement. The complete sequence will be addressed by each instructional cycle, with candidates providing evidence of instructional practice for each step. Acceptable evidence may be in a variety of forms, including annotated video clips and written narrative. As the revised CalTPA is designed to address subject-specific teaching and learning, candidates will be asked to respond to the instructional cycles within the context of their teaching assignments.

  • Instructional Cycle 1 focuses on getting to know students' assets and needs and using that information for instructional planning. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate how they use knowledge of their students and instructional strategies, including developing academic language, implementing educational technology, monitoring student learning, and making appropriate accommodations and/or modifications during the teaching of a lesson to meet individual student needs. In addition, they will demonstrate how they establish a positive learning environment and provide social and emotional supports through interactions with students.
  • Instructional Cycle 2 focuses on assessing, during instruction, student learning and using multiple assessment outcomes to plan for and promote learning for all students. In this instructional cycle, for one class of students, candidates will use what they know about their students and learning context to plan and teach an instruction and assessment sequence based on California state standards and/or curriculum frameworks or equivalent and provide feedback to students about the qualities of their performance for two types of assessment: 1) informal—monitoring of student learning and adjusting instruction while teaching to maintain active engagement in learning and 2) formal—collecting and analyzing student assessment data to plan and modify further instruction.

Which CalTPA am I required to complete?

When are you student teaching?

Which CalTPA do you complete?

Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

The Current CalTPA Tasks 1, 2, 3, and 4

Fall 2018 or after

CalTPA 2.0 Instructional Cycle 1 & 2
(not necessary to complete CalTPA Tasks 1 & 2 before Fall 2018)

When Do Candidates Complete the CalTPA Tasks 1, 2, 3, and 4?

The four Tasks of the CalTPA are completed by CSULB candidates when they take the following courses. 


Multiple Subject Program

Single Subject Program

Task 1: 

Subject-Specific Pedagogy (SSP)

EDEL 472

Fall 2017 Only

EDSS 450

Fall 2017 Only

Task 2: 

Designing Instruction (DI)

EDEL 442

Fall 2017 Only

EDSE 436

Fall 2017 Only

Task 3: 

Assessing Learning (AL)

Student Teaching

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Only

Student Teaching

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Only

Task 4: 

Culminating Teaching Experience (CTE)

Student Teaching

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Only

Student Teaching

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Only


last updated — May 4, 2017