CalAPA Background Questions and Answers

This webpage provides an overview of the background questions you will be required to answer during the CalAPA registration process. You may return to your account and modify your responses to any of these background questions at any time prior to submitting your cycle. Once you have submitted, you can no longer change your background question responses.

Providing accurate and complete background information about yourself is important. All of the information that you provide will be kept confidential. The information will be analyzed only as grouped data, not as individual data. It may be used for statistical and research purposes and will not be used, in whole or in part, to make a determination about any individual.


What is your race or ethnicity?

[Select from the answer choices provided.]

Sexual Orientation

Why are you being asked this question?

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Disparities Reduction Act (AB 677) opens in a new window requires specific state departments, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), to collect voluntary self-identification information pertaining to sexual orientation. It is the goal of the state government, in collecting this data, to gather accurate information in order to enhance and improve public services for all Californians with a particular focus on addressing health disparities. Information pertaining to sexual orientation will not be publicly disclosed or otherwise used to identify the identity of individuals who provide this information voluntarily. You are not required to answer this question.

Do you consider yourself to be:

  • Heterosexual/Straight
  • Gay/Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Other
  • Not sure
  • Decline to state


What language(s) were you fluent in as a child?

  • English only
  • English and one or more other languages
  • One or more languages other than English

Preparation Program

Indicate the preparation program in which you are enrolled at the time your complete the CalAPA. Your scores will be reported to this program. (NOTE: if you are a candidate who is in Induction at the time you complete the CalAPA, please select: California candidate enrolled in a Commission-Approved Clear Administrative Services Credential Induction Program. Information on Induction programs can be found here: opens in a new window.)

[Select from the answer choices provided.]

IMPORTANT: Candidate scores will be reported to the one program explicitly selected by the candidate. Candidates will be asked to reverify they have selected the correct program to which they wish to have their scores reported prior to submission.

Program Length

Which of the following best describes the length of your administrator preparation program?

  • Less than 12-month program
  • 12-month program
  • 18-month program
  • 24-month or longer program

Program Type

Which of the following best describes the type of administrator preparation program in which you are enrolled?

  • Traditional
  • Intern

Placement Setting

Which of the following best describes the setting of your field placement?

  • City
  • Suburban
  • Town
  • Rural

Placement Type

Which of the following best describes the type of your field placement?

  • Public
  • Public Charter
  • Private
  • District
  • Other

Credit Hours

At the end of this semester/grading period in which you are submitting this CalAPA cycle, how many units will you have completed in your administrator preparation program?

  • 1–6 credit hours/1–9 quarter units
  • 7–15 credit hours/10–23 quarter units
  • 16–24 credit hours/24–36 quarter units
  • 25 or more credit hours/37 or more quarter units
  • None