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Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP)

In 2024, the PST and CAP Guidelines were updated in alignment with revisions to the Standards of Effective Practice. The 2019 CAP Guidelines may be used through the 2024-2025 school year. All resources at the below links align with the 2019 CAP Guidelines. DESE will update these resources during the 2024-2025 school year. See the PST and CAP page for additional information and the updated Guidelines.

CAP assesses a teacher candidate's readiness in relation to the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs). CAP parallels the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation system in order to better prepare teacher candidates and ensure that they are ready to be effective on day one. It measures teacher candidates' practice across a range of key indicators as outlined in the Guidelines for the Professional Standards for Teachers and supports them in improving their practice based on the results.

Successful completion of CAP is required to complete all teacher preparation programs. Sponsoring Organizations are required to send to DESE all formative and summative ratings for all CAP participants by uploading their data to the CAP Online Platform.

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Every sponsoring organization has an ESE-trained CAP Manager. For inquiries regarding the submission of CAP data or the online platform, please contact your CAP Manager. For other questions, please email .

Last Updated: June 27, 2024

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