Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)

TPA Contact Info

All TPA-related email and questions should be directed to: tpa@csustan.edu

Ms. Anne Cameron, TPA Assistant
(209) 664-6816 - DBH 301A 
tpa@csustan.edu

For content related questions ONLY - contact
Dr. Daniel Soodjinda – TPA Faculty Coordinator
(209) 664-6607 - DBH 338
dsoodjinda@csustan.edu

TPA Announcements

For the most update information  related to COVID-19 related school closures and it's impact on the CalTPA, review the FAQ.


What is the Teacher Performance Assessment?

As of July 2008, California statute (Chap. 517, Stats. 2006) requires all candidates for a preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential to pass an assessment of their teaching performance with K-12 public school students as part of the requirements for earning a teaching credential. This assessment of teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and ability with relation to California's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating his/her ability to appropriately instruct all K-12 students in the Student Academic Content Standards. 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.

CalTPA Candidate Preparation

  • Online CalTPA workshops. 
  • Request form for CalTPA resources - including previously recorded online workshops - click HERE
  • To review an annotated overview for cycle 1 and cycle 2, click HERE to submit a request. IMPORTANT - In order to view my comments/annotations, you MUST download the annotated overview file first, then open the file with Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download the program HERE for free. Note - you must currently be enrolled in student teaching, and be a Stan State student to access these documents. 
  • To review an example of a passing midrange CalTPA response for cycles 1 and 2, click HERE to submit a request. Note - you must currently be enrolled in student teaching, and be a Stan State student to access these documents. 
  • To review the CalTPA frequently asked questions (FAQ) click HERE

TPA Remediations/Revisions and Requirements

If a candidate fails a cycle in the CalTPA, they might have to go through a remediation process before resubmiting.  Failure due to condition code does not require remediation. However, if a candidate fails due to low total score, they must go through a remediation process before retaking the assessment. 

  • ​If a candidate fails due to a condition code, they must first contact Pearson by calling 916.928.4081 or by navigating to this website, choosing the CalTPA tab, and then emailing Pearson directly.
    • When contacting Pearson, the candidate should request a "detailed condition code report" so that a complete explanation for the condition code can be provided. 
    • After a response is received from Pearson the candidate should then address any errors that were made and then resubmit.  
  • If a candidate fails due to a low score on the CalTPA, they must follow the steps below:
    • Register for remediation through the Stan State Office of Extended Education by completing the form linked here (note - the cost for remediation is $200). After completing the form, send it directly to the Office of Extended Education 
      • If you did not pass cycle 1 - register for NONC 7555
      • If you did not pass cycle 2 - register for NONC 7556
    • Contact the CalTPA Office at Stan State at tpa@csustan.edu and inform them that you have paid for remediation and attached proof of registration fees. 
    • Upon proof of registration, the CalTPA Office will assign you a CalTPA remediation specialist
    • Contact the remediaiton specialist and make an appointment
    • After remediation is complete, revise your CalTPA Cycle and resubmit into Pearson (note - you will have to pay ($150) to retake the assessment) 
  • All questions relating to remediation should be sent to tpa@csustan.edu