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About the PPAT® Assessment

A Meaningful Measure of a Test Taker's Readiness for the Classroom

The PPAT® assessment provides a solution, developed by educators for educators, for measuring a test taker's readiness to teach effectively.

We've listened to the needs and concerns of state department representatives and educators in teacher preparation programs. The PPAT assessment includes the elements that they have told us are critical when measuring a teacher's performance and growth as an educator during student teaching.

ETS is the trusted source in performance-based assessments and has the most extensive history of any measurement organization in developing, delivering and scoring assessments of educator performance, including the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessments, Washington ProTeach Portfolio and other customized state performance assessments.

Why Choose the PPAT Assessment?

There are other performance assessment options for your state to choose from. Learn why the PPAT assessment is the right choice for you.

How It Works

The PPAT assessment demonstrates that test takers understand how to:

  • gauge their students' learning needs
  • interact effectively with students
  • design and implement lessons with well-articulated learning goals
  • design and use assessments to make data-driven decisions to inform teaching and learning

Information from the assessment helps identify the areas where candidates have strengths, as well as areas where there are opportunities for professional development.

The Tasks

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

The content of this assessment is aligned with InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards. Task 1 is formative and test takers work with their preparation programs to receive feedback on this task. Scores are provided for tasks 2, 3 and 4 and as a cumulative score.

For specific details on each of the four tasks and rubrics used to score them, review Task Requirements.

National Accreditation Standards Alignment

The following documents show how the PPAT assessment aligns with national accreditation standards:

Praxis® Test Specification Alignments

PPAT assessment Tasks 2 through 4 require candidates to provide evidence of content knowledge both in their teaching practices, as well as in the assessment of student learning.

See how the appropriateness and relevance of content selected by candidates, in the completion of the PPAT assessment, may include categories of Praxis® content tests.

The Adoption Process

Learn more about adopting the PPAT assessment.

Registration and Test Fees

Test takers register online and submit tasks in an online submission system. Find more information about how test takers register and the associated fees.

Supporting Your Test Takers

ETS is committed to helping your test takers do their best on the PPAT assessment by offering a variety of free downloadable preparation materials. Find more information about available test-taker test preparation materials.


Scores are reported online approximately three weeks after the task deadlines to test takers and the educator preparation programs. Find information on Scores.

Resubmission Option

Test takers receive scores for tasks 2, 3 and 4 and an overall cumulative score for the assessment. Test takers who do not meet the passing score for the assessment have an opportunity to resubmit one, two or all three of these tasks for a fee during the resubmission window immediately after scores are issued. See Resubmission.

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Collaborating for Success: How to Use the PPAT Assessment to Support Teacher Candidates

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An Effective Measurement

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