Education Specialist CalTPA Assessor Qualifications

Scoring is generally compensated at $25/hr, with training paid $19/hr.

To be eligible to score the Education Specialist California Teaching Performance Assessment (EdSpec CalTPA), an applicant MUST meet the following requirements and attest to these requirements at least once annually.

REQUIREMENT #1

Be a current (or retired within the last 3 years) California education specialist in one (1) or more of the following capacities:
  • University/program educator providing instruction to education specialist candidates within a CTC-accredited teacher preparation program
  • Field supervisor
  • Mentor or master teacher
  • Education Specialist
  • Birth–22 administrator (e.g., principal, assistant principal)

REQUIREMENT #2

Have expertise in the specialty area assigned to score in one (1) or more of the following ways:
  • Hold a current California Level II Education Specialist Instruction Credential / Clear Education Specialist Teaching Credential, or added authorization (e.g. Early Childhood Special Education)
  • National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Special Education
  • Have university teaching experience in the specialty content area
  • Hold a degree in Special Education

REQUIREMENT #3

Adhere to the following confidentiality requirements: 
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the assessment materials and knowledge gained as a result of participating in scoring the assessment, and will not share information with anyone (e.g., candidates, colleagues, etc.) without direct permission from the Commission and Pearson.
  • Agree not to participate in any professional activity, beyond employment in a Birth–22 school/district/county office or institution that requires candidates to use a CA-approved performance assessment, that results in payment for services related to supporting candidates in completing any CA-approved performance assessment. For example, TPA independent tutoring or consulting positions. 

REQUIREMENT #4: Reside in the state of California

In order to score candidate submissions, assessors must complete the requisite training and meet the established calibration standards. Assessors will be paid for time spent in training, calibration, and scoring submissions.

Qualification Verification:

To verify employment, the application requests your supervisor contact information and credential details (if applicable). This information will be used for verification purposes only. 

Windows PC Hardware Requirements

Component Requirement
Computer and processor Minimum 1.1 GHz or faster, two core

Note: For Intel processors, the maximum speed achieved using Intel Turbo Boost Technology (Max Turbo Frequency) must be considered
Memory 4.0 GB RAM
Hard disk 3.0 GB of available disk space
Display 1024 x 768 screen resolution
Graphics hardware Windows OS: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update)
Operating system Windows 11, Windows 10 (excluding Windows 10 LTSC), Windows 10 on ARM, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2. Note: We recommend using the latest Windows version and security patches available.
.NET version Requires .NET 4.5 CLR or later
Video USB 2.0 video camera
Devices Standard laptop camera, microphone, and speakers
Video calls and meetings
  • Requires two-core processor. For higher video/screen share resolution and frame rate, a four-core processor or better is recommended.
  • Background video effects require Windows 10 or a processor with AVX2 instruction set.
  • See Hardware decoder and encoder driver recommendations for a list of unsupported decoders and encoders.
Internet Connection High-Speed Internet Connection*

Mac Hardware Requirements

Component Requirement
Computer and processor Intel Core Duo processor
Memory 4.0 GB RAM
Hard disk 1.5 GB of available disk space
Display 1280 x 800 or higher resolution
Operating system One of the three most recent versions of macOS. You can find information about the latest macOS versions, and how to upgrade your version of macOS, here. For example, when a new version of macOS is released, the new version and the two immediately preceding it become the supported versions.
Video Compatible webcam
Voice Compatible microphone and speakers, headset with microphone, or equivalent device
Video calls and meetings

Requires two-core processor. For higher video/screen share resolution and frame rate, a four-core processor or better is recommended.

Internet Connection High-Speed Internet Connection*
 
Please note that we do not currently support scoring on mobile phones or tablets with the iOS or Android systems, or on computers running Linux or Mac OS 10.5 or older. 
 
* ePEN is not compatible with all Cellular-Radio Frequency Broadband and Satellite modems, or Dial-Up connection speeds slower than 56k; some projects may require a high-speed connection. **
 
** You may not score from a public Wi-Fi hotspot, such as a coffee shop, restaurant, airport, etc.  This violates our security protocol and is not permitted.  Dial-up connection speeds slower than 56K are not supported.
 
 

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