School of Education

TPA Information

California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) is a state-mandated, summative assessment completed by Multiple and Single Subject candidates. Successful completion of an approved TPA is required by the state to earn a preliminary credential (Education Code Section 44320.2). A CalTPA is also being piloted for Education Specialist candidates.

CalTPA is split up into two cycles, which can be submitted separately. Both must be passed.

CalTPA Passing Standard

The passing score standards for the redeveloped CalTPA as of August 23, 2019 are as follows: 

  • Cycle 1 (8 rubrics): A final score of 19 points with one rubric score of 1 allowed. 
  • Cycle 2 (9 rubrics): A final score of 21 points with one rubric score of 1 allowed.

The 2022-23 California State Budget includes the approval of the California Educator Exam and Performance Assessment fee waivers for eligible candidates as of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, or until funds are used. Candidates will pay a registration fee, but refunds will be provided to eligible candidates at a future datesubject to approval by the CTC. The Commission plans to issue a Program Sponsor Alert with more specific information in the coming weeks. Candidates interested in adding authorizations or additional credentials are also eligible for the fee waiver. For additional information about waiver eligibility, please visit the Important Announcement section on the homepage of the program website,

CalTPA Office hours (as of 1/20/22) 

For candidates: held weekly on Wednesday, 4:15-5:00 pm Zoom

  • Bring questions regarding CalTPA submissions to CTC staff 
  • Classes attending en masse should be prepared to ask questions about their current submission cycle 

CalTPA Program & Candidate Support Playlist (CTC YouTube Channel) in new window)

Camcorder Check-Out Information and Equipment Help

  • All candidates will be required to bring a printed and signed equipment contract (PDF) in order to borrow equipment.
  • The physical office is by appointment only due to the COVID-19 outbreak, to ensure facilities do not become crowded.  Email to schedule camera check-outs or returns, and inform her of your intended filming dates. 
  • Appointments will automatically be offered between 4-5 p.m. the week prior to your filming unless you request a different time.  Requests to be considered for different times between 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday will be accommodated when possible.
  • Camera checkouts are for a 2 week period. This ensures we have enough equipment for all candidates. 
  • If you have extenuating circumstances and need a lengthier loan window, please make a request up front so we can review our available equipment to determine if we can accommodate the request.
  • The School of Education Assessment Analyst, Pamela Dunlap, is available via email at to answer questions regarding CalTPA, TPA filming, exporting, or camcorder operation. 

Useful Links

TPA Filming and Equipment Guides and Forms