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

What is the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) and who needs to take it?

The ETS Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) consists of three tasks. Each of the three tasks takes place during a candidate's clinical experience and focuses on addressing a problem/challenge, developing continuous professional development and building a collaborative culture. During the clinical experience, the candidate's internship provides a variety of artifacts, including student work, observation feedback and video segments that will be submitted as part of the tasks.

The PASL assessment is one of several vehicles that determines if a candidate is prepared to enter the field of administration. It is taken during the candidate's clinical experience before exiting an educator preparation program. The candidate’s score for this assessment is one of the factors that determines acceptance into the profession.

Who created the PASL assessment?

The PASL assessment was developed by education experts and is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). Advisory committees of distinguished administrators determined test content and reviewed, revised and approved all guiding prompts and activities. The assessment is grounded in current research, including a comprehensive analysis of the most important tasks and skills required of beginning instructional leaders.

What does the PASL assessment measure?

The PASL assessment provides:

  • a meaningful measure of a school leader candidate's readiness and ability to provide effective instructional leadership
  • a comprehensive picture of a school leader as an instructional leader

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

What is covered on each task?

See Task Requirements.

When is the PASL assessment administered?

The PASL assessment will be offered twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall. The tasks are designed to be administered throughout a candidate's clinical experience.

Who scores the PASL assessment?

The tasks are centrally scored by raters who are current administrators, or have been administrators within the last four years, and members of the educational preparation community teaching future school leaders. The scores on the tasks provide states with greater score validity and consistent, reliable data for program decisions.

When are scores available?

Scores are available in the ETS® Data Manager approximately four weeks after the assessment deadline date.