The NYSTCE Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written exam tests a person's knowledge and skills in the instructional area. Educators in the state of New York must know how to help children develop and grow. They must be able to cultivate students' academic progress and know how to engage them in learning. They must also be able to provide a supportive learning environment for students. Success on this part of the test means that a person is qualified to teach at the elementary-school level according to the New York State Academic Standards.
The NYSTCE Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written exam is made up of approximately eighty multiple-choice questions in the areas of the Professional Environment, which comprises 17 percent of the exam; Student Development and Learning, which comprises 25 percent of the exam; and Instruction and Assessment, which amounts to 38 percent of the exam. The test also includes a constructed-response question on Instruction and Assessment that accounts for 20 percent of the exam.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014