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About the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)

The ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) provides a solution, developed by educators for educators, for measuring a school leader candidate's application of knowledge and skills identified as relevant and important for beginning instructional leaders.

Greater, more meaningful data helps inform decisions. The PASL assessment helps educator preparation programs like yours make the most effective use of their time by providing an assessment that helps align test takers, cooperating school leaders and supervising instructors to drive student achievement and learning.

The Tasks

The content of this assessment is aligned with national and state specific school leader standards. See below for specific alignment to the standards.

The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

The National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards: Building Level and District Level.

For Georgia school leader candidates, the assessment is aligned with the Georgia Educational Leadership Standards and Elements.

For Texas principal candidates, the assessment is aligned with the Texas Principal Certificate Standards.

Learn more about the task requirements.

Registration and Submission

Test takers create an account, register and submit tasks in the ETS Performance Assessment system. The PASL assessment is administered twice per year during preestablished submission windows. Tasks are submitted by specific deadlines within the submission window. See Test-taker Registration.


Scores are reported online to test takers and educator preparation programs approximately four weeks after the task submission deadline. See Scores.

Adopting the Assessment

Learn more about the test adoption process.

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Become a Rater

ETS will soon hire raters for online scoring of the PASL assessment. If you are interested, please check the ETS Online Scoring opportunities information.