Guidance for Candidates Impacted by School Closures


Guidance offered through this website reflects the current directions from California and County Public Health Officials and local education agencies regarding schools and closures. For credential candidates impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the CTC is actively engaged in developing and refining flexibility and guidance (within legal parameters) with programs, districts, induction programs and state agencies. Updated guidance for candidates and preparation programs will be provided as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

With many educator preparation programs (preparation programs) and TK–12 school districts impacted by COVID-19, the following guidance is provided to preparation programs and credential candidates in need of options for successfully preparing and submitting their CalTPA or CalAPA cycles.

COVID-19: Information for Commission Stakeholders

The Commission has established a COVID-19: Information for Commission Stakeholders opens in a new window webpage to keep preparation programs, credential holders, credential candidates, and the public informed on the latest updates regarding COVID-19. This resource includes guidance documents specifically addressing the California performance assessments.

Completing the CalTPA or CalAPA in an Online Setting

The Commission has determined that candidates may complete the CalTPA or CalAPA in online settings provided they continue to meet all the requirements specified in the performance assessment guides. This includes the ability to obtain sufficient video evidence to support their submissions. Preparation programs must work with candidates to determine the suitability of the online settings and continue to provide adequate support and supervision. For more information, please see Guidelines for Completing the CalAPA in an Online Setting and Guidelines for Completing the CalTPA in an Online Setting.

Automatic Registration Extension for Candidates

CalTPA and CalAPA candidates have 12 months to prepare and submit a finalized cycle from the date of each cycle registration, for both initial submissions and retakes. To provide additional support to candidates impacted by COVID-19, on March 3, 2021, any candidate with a registration set to expire before December 31, 2021, had their registration extended to December 31, 2021. The extension will apply to open CalTPA and CalAPA registrations (e.g., initial submissions and retakes) without the need for candidates to contact Pearson. Programs may encourage their candidates to submit their cycles during a future submission window.