Gov. Gavin Newsom has suspended state testing requirements for teacher candidates impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Executive Order N-66-20 issued May 29.
Specific provisions include the following:
Postponement of Performance Assessment and RICA requirements to the Clear Credential
- The statutory requirement for candidates to pass a performance assessment for a preliminary teaching or administrative services credential has been moved to the clear credential.
- The statutory requirement for Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates to pass the RICA assessment has been moved to the clear credential.
Suspension of CBEST Requirement to Enter a Preparation Program
The requirement for completion of the CBEST prior to admission to an educator preparation program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) has been temporarily suspended. Candidates must satisfy the basic skills requirement prior to being recommended for the preliminary credential. This is for candidates who were unable to take the assessment between March 19 and Aug. 31, 2020.
Waiving the Subject Matter Requirement for Intern Candidates
The statutory requirement for an intern candidate to meet the subject matter requirement prior to being recommended for the intern credential has been suspended. Candidates must satisfy subject matter prior to being recommended for the preliminary credential. This is for candidates who were unable to take the assessment between March 19 and Aug. 31, 2020.
Webinar on June 1
The CTC is offering a webinar on the executive order, Monday, June 1, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
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