The Praxis Connection
December 2013


Pilot Testing Begins for Praxis™ Performance Assessment for Teachers

Development work on the Praxis™ Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) has concluded and field testing will begin in January 2014. PPAT pilot testing will represent teacher preparation programs from 17 states and territories.

The PPAT evidence-centered assessment features four tasks and offers performance indicators of a teacher candidate's effectiveness in the classroom. Candidates complete the one formative and three summative tasks that make up the assessment throughout the course of their student teaching experience. The task-by-task results provide a comprehensive picture of a candidate's growth and potential for classroom success, rather than the "single snapshot" offered by other assessments where all tasks are submitted at the end of a candidate's clinical experience.

The PPAT aligns to Model Core Teaching Standards as determined by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and offers the following benefits:

  • Incorporates both formative and summative assessment components to help candidates improve their teaching
  • Leverages the ongoing submission of tasks and quick turnaround time of scoring so that candidates gain an understanding of their growth as educators during the clinical experience
  • Fosters an opportunity to demonstrate the application of CCSS
  • Enables candidates to create a professional growth plan to inform their professional development once in service
  • Includes centralized scoring conducted by ETS-trained qualified national raters

PPAT was developed by ETS in collaboration with teacher education faculty, cooperating teachers and State Department of Education officials. The assessment helps measure the knowledge, skills and abilities that classroom practitioners deem essential for effective teaching.

PPAT testing is scheduled to launch during fall 2014. To learn more about the PPAT advantages and pilot program, visit | Praxis™ Home | ETS store | Contact




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