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Teacher Candidates Sweat And Scramble Over New Certification Tests

For many education students looking to be fully certified in New York this September, now is crunch time for getting through a new set of requirements that many say are expensive and overly demanding. 

As of last spring, candidates must pass three new standardized exams plus a teacher performance assessment known as the edTPA. It comprises a qualitative project that includes lesson plans, video of the candidate’s teaching, analysis of student progress and lengthy self-reflection of the candidate’s own teaching practices.

All together, the four new assessments are more difficult than the previous set of tests that had close to 100 percent pass rates. They are also more expensive: students spend a minimum of more than $600 for the full round of tests, compared to less than $300 in previous years.