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CAP Guidelines

The CAP Guidelines were released in June 2016 to all organizations and can be found below. The Guidelines are designed to: 1) outline expectations for the CAP and 2) support Sponsoring Organizations (SOs), Program Supervisors, Supervising Practitioners, and Teacher Candidates as they work together to ensure successful demonstration of the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs).

CAP Implementation Handbook

  • Handbook for the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP)Revised August 2019
    Includes updated rubric language and the additional essential element related to Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK). All forms included in the revise version of the handbook are optional in 2019-2020 (they could be used in place of the forms below).

The CAP Implementation Handbook presents implementation for each step of the 5-Step Cycle, as well as all required and recommended forms for use by Teacher Candidates, Supervising Practitioners, and Program Supervisors. Providers may place the Handbook in a binder and distribute to participants, or share it electronically to support candidates, Supervising Practitioners and Program Supervisors throughout a candidate's practicum.

The table below includes all required and recommended forms and suggested resources for each step of CAP as outlined in the Handbook. All forms in the table below were updated during Summer 2020 to reflect the changes made in the CAP Handbook as of August 2019, including updated rubric language and the additional essential element. Additional updates were made in Summer 2021 to ensure accessibility. If you are in need of an earlier version of the forms, please email for assistance.

Reading Specialist Candidates

The following form has been modified from the CAP Form and Rubric for Reading Specialist candidates. The purpose of this form is to document observations and meetings for program use.

Last Updated: December 23, 2022

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