California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA)


The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) has developed the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) to measure students’ mastery of selected California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPE).  The exam is made up of three cycles, each cycle focusing on a different skill set required for successful school leadership.  The cycles are as follows: 


Leadership Cycle 1: Analyzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity 

Leadership Cycle 2: Facilitating Communities of Practice 

Leadership Cycle 3: Supporting Teacher Growth 

CalAPA - Overview of Leadership Cycles and Rubrics

Students accepted and matriculating into the Education Administration program on or after June 1, 2019 must take and pass all three cycles of the CalAPA prior to completing the program and to become eligible for recommendation for credential.   


The Education Administration program curriculum has been designed, in part, to help students prepare for and be successful in taking the CalAPA.  Students will take CalAPA cycles as part of their work in Leadership Labs, in conjunction with supporting coursework. While the program will support students in CalAPA preparation, students are solely responsible for completing CalAPA registration and paying for each cycle of the test.  If a student does not pass one or more cycles of the CalAPA, the student will meet with a designated program faculty member to review the graded results, identify areas of improvement, and create a remediation plan tailored to the student’s specific improvement needs.   


Students who have been recommended for an administrative appointment in a district prior to the completion of the program may be eligible for an administrative internship with the permission of the Program Coordinator or their designee.

For CalAPA Remediation, contact the Office of Licensures and Credentialing at