On June 15, 2023, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) met to focus on changes to the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) process, specifically the adoption of the new Literacy TPA and the transition away from the RICA exam. We believe that these changes signify a significant step forward in supporting educators and children alike.
During the CCTC meeting, Californians Together played an active role in advocating for the involvement of experts in biliteracy and English Language Development (ELD) throughout the development of the new reading instruction competence assessment process. We emphasized the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives and expertise to ensure the assessment accurately measures the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators responsible for English and/or bilingual reading instruction.
Furthermore, we called upon the commission to provide comprehensive details regarding the technical assistance plan to ensure that educational programs across the state fully understand the new ELA/ELD TPA standards and how they will be integrated into the assessment process.
Moving forward, we will remain actively involved in these discussions as we pursue our goal of creating equitable and effective reading instruction and assessment practices for English learners and their educators.
If you’re interested in learning more about the hearing, we recommend reviewing the written public comments and listening to the remarks. We have included links to both the public comments and the hearing recordings to provide easy access to this valuable information