• STEP UP participants in good standing are eligible for fee waivers and/or reimbursements for preparation courses and examination fees that are required in order to meet state credential requirements; specifically, for the California Basic Skills Exam (CBEST) to meet the basic skills requirement, the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) to meet the subject matter competency requirement, and the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) to meet the reading instruction requirement.
     
    Fee waiver values and reimbursement totals will be combined when considering maximum amounts received.  Participants in good standing may receive reimbursements according to the following schedule:
     
    Credential
    Requirement 
     Allowance  Frequency
    CBEST
    CSET
    RICA
    US Constitution
     $600    Annually
    Test Preparation $1,000  Annually
    Certificate of Clearance $52.50
     One-time
    Foreign Transcript Evaluation $600 One-time

Preparation Course and/or Test Fee Reimbursement

  • Reimbursements are available for enrollment costs for preparation courses and standard registration test fees that the member pays up front, if the maximum allowance has not already been received.
     
    To Qualify for Reimbursement:
    • Preparation courses must be administered by a formal preparation program; verify with the STEP UP/Career Ladder office that the course will qualify for reimbursement prior to enrollment. 
    • Receipt of payment and course completion verification must be submitted with the reimbursement request form for preparation course.
    • Receipt of payment and score reports must be submitted with the reimbursement request for test fees. 
    • Passage of the examination itself is not required for reimbursements; request of score reports is for verification of completion of the examination.
    • Reimbursement requests must be submitted on form HR4317 STEP UP Preparation Course/Test Fee Reimbursement with all required documentation within 6 months of the completion of the preparation course or testing administration.  
    Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing reimbursement requests; reimbursements will appear on the members pay warrant.

Preparation Course Enrollment and/or Test Fee Voucher

  • Test Fee Voucher 
    STEP UP and Teach members may request a test voucher to cover the cost of standard registration for the required credential test.  The test fee voucher is used at the time of registration for the test like a coupon code or gift card.  There is not an upfront fee for the member, but value of the voucher will be counted toward the member's total testing allowance.
     
    Test Fee Voucher Requirements:
    • Use your LAUSD email and password to access and submit our online form HR4318: Test Fee Voucher Request  (Please allow up to 2 weeks for processing.)
    • The member will need to register for the requested test within one month of the issue date of the voucher; please note that the actual test administration date may be more than a month away.  
    • Test scores must be submitted to the STEP UP/Career Ladder office within 6 months to verify completion of the test; passage of the test is not required.
    • Those participants that do not complete the testing administration or cancel according to the testing companies procedures may be removed from the STEP UP and Teach program.
    • If the member enrolled in a STEP UP-sponsored preparation course, the test voucher will be issued upon receipt of attendance verification for the course.
     
    Preparation Course Enrollment 
    STEP UP and Teach members may request to sign up for a STEP UP-sponsored preparation course; see course list below.  There is not an upfront fee for the member, but value of the course will be counted as a fee waiver towards the member's total testing allowance.  
     
    STEP UP-sponsored preparation course Enrollment Requirements:
    • Enrollment requests must be submitted to the STEP UP/Career Ladder office using your LAUSD email and password to access and submit our online form HR4319: Preparation Course Enrollment Request; do not contact the preparation company in regards to enrollment for these courses.
    • If an in-person training, the member must attend all sessions of the course or risk being removed from the STEP UP and Teach program.  
    • If a registered member needs to cancel enrollment in a course, then the STEP UP office must be notified at least two business days prior to the start of the preparation course.
    • If an online preparation, the member must agree to the terms and conditions of the company and authorize the STEP UP office the ability monitor my progress through the preparation training.
    • Upon completion of the preparation course, the member must provide proof of completion to the STEP UP/Career Ladder office.
    • If a preparation course was requested as well, the voucher will be issued upon receipt of proof of completion of the preparation course. 

STEP UP-Sponsored Preparation Courses