Introducing the Praxis™ Performance Assessments for Teachers from ETS

Starting in the fall of 2014, teacher candidates required to submit a teacher performance assessment will have another choice of an assessment to show what they know and are able to do — the Praxis™ Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT).

How does it work?

The PPAT demonstrates that you have the basic pedagogical content knowledge and application for the classroom to begin teaching as an entry-level teacher. It offers you support every step of the way during the student teaching experience. The assessment:

  • is designed to align you with your faculty advisor and teacher mentor and provide you with feedback that will help you develop a professional growth plan
  • identifies areas of strength and areas needing improvement to guide your professional practice
  • is submitted throughout your student teaching experience rather than at the end, allowing you to continually refine your teaching practice

What does it measure?

Tasks include:

  • Task 1: Knowledge of Students and the Learning Environment
  • Task 2: Assessment and Data Collection to Measure and Inform Student Learning
  • Task 3: Designing Instruction for Student Learning
  • Task 4: Implementing and Analyzing Instruction to Promote Student Learning

Task 1 is formative. Tasks 2, 3 and 4 are summative. The content for all tasks is aligned with InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards. Learn more about the PPAT tasks.

Will I have to take the PPAT?

Check with your state department of education or your educator preparation program to see if this assessment will be required as part of your state requirements. Each state department of education or educator preparation program will set their own passing score for the assessment.

Important dates

July 2014 — Candidate registration opens

August 2014 — Candidate submission site opens