New York State has extended The Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) as the safety net to the EdTPA portfolio assessment.
Teachers are eligible for the ATS-W Safety Net if they complete(d) their Educator Preparation Program between Spring 2020 and Summer 2022. Teachers who complete their program before Spring 2020 or after Summer 2022 are not currently eligible for the ATS-W Safety Net exam and must pass the EdTPA in order to obtain an issued New York State Initial Certificate. Teachers who are eligible for the ATS-W must take and pass the exam by September 1, 2024. You can read more about NYSED’s policy here.
- Teachers who graduated from Relay in the Class of 2020, 2021 and who will graduate with the class of 2022 are eligible to take the ATS-W as a safety net for the EdTPA.
- Teachers with program completion dates earlier than Spring 2020, or later than Summer 2022 (ex: Class of 2019, 2020, 2023) are not currently eligible for the ATS-W Safety Net exam and must pass the EdTPA in order to obtain their Initial certificate.
What does this mean for teachers who are currently on Extended Enrollment?
Teachers who are currently on extended enrollment are eligible for the ATS-W so long as they complete their Relay program and are recommended for their Initial and Professional Certificates by Summer 2022. If teachers complete their program and are recommended for their Initial/Professional Certificates after summer 2022, they will need to pass the EdTPA in order to obtain an Initial NYS certificate.
What does this mean for teachers whose status at Relay is Graduation on Hold?
If teachers have completed their academic coursework and are graduation on hold until they satisfy their outstanding prerequisite credits, they will be eligible for the ATS-W exam so long as they graduate from Relay by Summer 2022. Refer to the Relay New York Credit Guide for guidance on resolving outstanding prerequisite credits.
What does this mean for current Year 2 graduate students (CO2022) who are considering Extended Enrollment?
Current Year 2 Graduate students in the Class of 2022 who have outstanding prerequisite credits and wish to receive additional advisement support beyond the completion of their academic coursework may choose to extend their enrollment. Should you choose to extend your enrollment beyond Summer 2022, your program completion date will be outside of NYSED’s ATS-W eligibility window, thus you will be required to pass the EdTPA in order to obtain an issued NYS initial certificate.
Does Relay anticipate future cohort years (ex: Class of 2023 and beyond) to be eligible for the ATS-W in the future?
Currently, NYSED has not indicated that future cohorts outside of 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be eligible for the ATS-W safety net exam. We are continuing to monitor decisions and information released by NYSED and will share that information with students and partners as we receive it.
If you have questions regarding this NYSED policy or your action steps, please reach out to your advisor or email email@example.com.