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NY State Certification Exam Safety Nets

Teacher Certification

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has created safety nets for the new certification exams. Please see NYSED safety net page for more information.

NYSED Safety Net Summary  

1. edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process

The New York State edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process (MMRP) is for teacher candidates who do not pass the edTPA, but score within two points of the passing score and can demonstrate that they are prepared to become a teacher of record.  Please see MMRP details.

2.  ALST

The ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test) has been eliminated. Candidates are NO LONGER REQUIRED to take the ALST for NYS certification.  

3. EAS

The NYSED has identified a safety net passing score of 500 that is in effect until the revised EAS is operational.

Please see details on the EAS safety net page.

4. CST

Redeveloped CSTs Operational after October 2016

The CST safety net allows candidates to take either the old CST (Safety Net CST) or the redeveloped CST until June 30, 2019. The Safety Net CSTs will continue to be offered through June 30, 2019. Please see the Safety Net Deadline Chart for important deadline dates, including the date by which all other requirement for certification must be completed. 

Please see NYSTCE links for Safety Nets for Certain NYSTCE Exams and retired Safety Net CSTs.

Please see NYSED CST Safety Net page.

Redeveloped CSTs Operational after October 2016

Candidates may take either the Safety Net (old version) CST or the redeveloped CST until June 30, 2019.

CSTs after October 2016
Safety Net (old version) CSTs Redeveloped CSTs
Safety Net American Sign Language (061) American Sign Language (130)
Safety Net Cantonese (011) Cantonese (120)
Safety Net English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (022) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (116)
Safety Net French (012) French (121)
Safety Net German (013) German (122)
Safety Net Greek (014) Greek (123)
Safety Net Hebrew (015) Hebrew (124)
Safety Net Italian (016) Italian (125)
Safety Net Japanese (017) Japanese (126)
Safety Net Latin (010) Latin (119)
Safety Net Mandarin (018) Mandarin (127)
Safety Net Russian (019) Russian (128)
Safety Net Social Studies (005) Social Studies (115)
Safety Net Spanish (020) Spanish (129)

5. Refunds

Candidates who intend to use a safety net option, and have registered and paid for a certification exam, but not yet taken the exam, are now entitled to a refund.  Candidates who have already taken an exam are not entitled to a refund.

Please see details on NYSED safety net refund policy


For all questions and concerns related to NYU Steinhardt certification programs not addressed in these pages, please contact:

Mark J. Perez 
Certification Officer
NYU Steinhardt
82 Washington Square East, Room 229 
New York, New York 10003 
(212) 998-5033 
(212) 995-4353 fax