New York State Teacher Certification Examinations™ (NYSTCE®)
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations™ (NYSTCE®)
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations™ (NYSTCE®)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I become involved in test development activities?
Participation in development activities provides educators with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the state and to contribute to the quality of education in New York.
How do I get involved in test development activities?
The first step is to complete and submit an application. Once an application is received, an educator's qualifications will be reviewed in regard to open committee spaces.
Where are the meetings typically held?
Most meetings will take place at a centrally located conference facility in Malta, New York, located on Interstate 87, 10 miles south of Saratoga Springs.
How does my school district get reimbursed for a substitute teacher? How do I get reimbursed for my mileage and travel expenses?
You will receive your substitute reimbursement form at each meeting. Expense forms will be available online.
Is an honorarium offered and who is eligible?
An honorarium of $200 per day ($100 per half day) is available to all participating committee members. Please note that per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, individuals who receive $600 or more a year for this work are considered contractors, and as such will receive a 1099-MISC tax statement and are required to keep documentation on expenses and file this with their taxes.
I have colleagues who would like to attend. May I encourage them to participate?
All interested participants need to submit an application, which will be considered by NYSED. Please ask your colleague(s) to submit an application from this Web site. You may also nominate colleague(s) by completing a nomination form available on this Web site.
If I do not get selected to participate in a test development conference, are there other opportunities to get involved?
Yes, you could be involved in the following types of test development activities:
  • Content Validation Survey. As a classroom educator or as a college/university faculty member who prepares teachers, you may be selected to participate in a survey to verify job-relatedness of the test competencies.
  • Field Testing. If you are a faculty member in an educator preparation program, you may be asked to assist in field testing the draft test items for your field by encouraging your students to participate.
What are the arrangements for hotel accommodations?
Evaluation Systems will reserve a hotel room for you, if needed. The cost of the room and tax will be directly billed to Evaluation Systems. You will be asked to provide a credit card number for incidentals. Should you need to cancel your attendance at the meeting, and/or cancel or modify your overnight accommodations reservation, please contact Evaluation Systems as soon as possible (Evaluation Systems incurs charges for no-shows and for sleeping room cancellations that occur later than 3:00 p.m. the day before check-in). If you need to cancel your accommodations after 5 p.m., please contact the hotel directly.
Can I bring my cell phone and/or PDA?
As a courtesy to other attendees and facilitators, please refrain from the use of cell phones or PDAs during the meeting. We ask that you kindly turn off your phone/PDA or set it to vibrate and not take calls during the meeting.
What if I have special dietary requests?
Evaluation Systems selects menus that we hope everyone will enjoy. We realize that some individuals have special dietary requests. Attendees who notify us about special dietary requests are provided with a meal based as closely as possible on their specific dietary needs. Due to the large number of attendees and/or the ability of the conference facility to accommodate, substitutions to the standard conference meal may not be possible. Please make alternative meal arrangements if you have very specific dietary restrictions, as our food and beverage options may not meet your needs.
What should I wear?
Business attire is appropriate for all conference activities. We recommend that you dress in layers and bring a sweater or jacket to the meeting in case the room temperature is not comfortable for you.
Are the meeting rooms and hotel accommodations handicap accessible?
Evaluation Systems strives to hold meetings that are accessible to all. If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, or other reasonable accommodations to participate fully in the meeting, please let us know. Any information regarding your disability will remain confidential.
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