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

Guidance and flexibilities for CalTPA from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing related to COVID-19 changes regularly.  See their website for the latest information.

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.  
  • Contact 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