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Teacher Performance Assessment

In California, all teacher candidates must complete a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) in order to earn a preliminary credential. The assessments require candidates to complete defined tasks relating to subject-specific pedagogy, designing and implementing instruction and student assessment, and culminating teaching experiences or events. When taken as a whole, teaching performance assessment tasks/activities measure the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs). Candidate performances are scored by trained assessors against rubrics that describe levels of performance relative to each task/activity. Each model must also meet and maintain specified standards of assessment reliability, validity, and fairness to candidates. All candidates who start a Commission-approved multiple and single subject teacher preparation program as of July 1, 2008 must meet the teaching performance assessment requirement.


One assessment teachers can complete is the CalTPA. The CalTPA consists of two instructional cycles completed over the course of a credential program. CalTPA cycles are scored by trained assessors who are experts in the content for their assigned assessments. Candidates submit CalTPA materials on or before the provided due dates and receive their scores in approximately three weeks. Candidates must successfully complete and pass both CalTPA cycles in order to receive a preliminary California teaching credential. Workshops are provided to support candidates with CalTPA completion.

  • What is the new about the CalTPA this year?


    The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) revised the current CalTPA and created a new version of the assessment. 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.


This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available on the CalTPA.

  • Where do I register for the CalTPA?

    Registration is now open. Begin the Registration process

    Please check this website for details at CalTPA.

  • When can I register for the CalTPA?

    Registration is open on October 9, 2018. More details will be provided when they become available.
  • How much does the CalTPA cost?

    The cost is $300 total, $150 for each cycle. 
  • When do I submit the CalTPA?

    Per the CTC website:
    "CalTPA scores for initial submissions and for all retakers are reported on the timelines indicated below. Please note the following:

    • Candidates should submit their cycle(s) based on the due dates established by their preparation program or certification requirements. 
    • Candidates should plan to upload and review their files at least 5 days prior to their planned submission date."

      To Receive Your CalTPA Assessment 
      Results Report On:
      Submit Your Cycle by 11:59pm 
      Pacific Time On:
      November 29, 2018 October 25, 2018
      December 20, 2018 November 15, 2018
      December 20, 2018 November 29, 2018
      January 3, 2019 December 13, 2018
      February 7, 2019 January 17, 2019
      March 7, 2019 February 14, 2019
      March 28, 2019 March 7, 2019
      April 11, 2019 March 21, 2019
      April 25, 2019 April 4, 2019
      May 9, 2019 April 18, 2019
      May 23, 2019 May 2, 2019
      June 6, 2019 May 16, 2019
      July 3, 2019 June 13, 2019
      August 15, 2019 July 25, 2019
      September 5, 2019 August 15, 2019
      Please make sure to  double check the dates!
  • What happens if I don't pass a CalTPA cycle?

    If you don’t pass a CalTPA cycle, you can re-take the assessment. Here is some information about your next steps.

CalTPA Resources

CalTPA Overview

CalTPA Workshops

Download the Spring 2019 CalTPA Workshop Flyer

Cycle 2: Part I

Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: Mark  125

Cycle 2: Part II

Saturday, March 2, 2019*** new date
1:00 - 4:00 pm ** new time
Room: Mark 125



Cycle 2: Drop-In Advising & Support

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: TBA

Cycle 2: Drop-In Advising & Support

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: TBA


Cycle 2: Overview & Resubmission Support

Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: TBA



Download the Fall 2018 CalTPA Workshop Flyer

Introduction to the CalTPA & Overview of the Process

Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 am
Room: Arts 204

Cycle 1 Overview & Planning for Your Fall Submission

Saturday, October 6, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 am
Room: Arts 240


Cycle 1 Submission Workshop

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 am
Room: Mark 125

Drop-In Advising & Technology Support

Saturday November 3, 2018
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: Arts 240


Drop-In Advising & Technology Support

Saturday November 3, 2018
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: Arts 240



Download the CalTPA: Frequently Asked Questions

For More Infomation and Questions

Visit CalTPA website