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Why the PPAT® Assessment?

The PPAT® assessment was designed in collaboration with teacher education faculty, cooperating teachers and department of education officials to ensure that our assessment addressed the growing need to verify that teachers are ready for the classroom before they receive a license to teach.

This evidence-centered assessment features four tasks and offers performance indicators of a test takers' effectiveness in the classroom. By embedding teaching and clinical experiences with both summative and formative components, the PPAT assessment offers a comprehensive picture of test takers' potential for classroom success rather than the "single snapshot" offered by other assessments.

Read these educator preparation program case studies regarding implementing the PPAT assessment in their program.

What are the advantages to using the PPAT assessment?

Using the PPAT assessment has several unique advantages:

  • Addresses All Content Areas and Grade Levels — The PPAT assessment was designed specifically to provide the flexibility needed to accommodate all content areas and grade levels. Through the nature of the tasks and prompts, test takers must demonstrate their knowledge in their chosen subject matter as well as pedagogy.
  • Aligned to National Standards — The PPAT assessment tasks are aligned with the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (PDF) and foster an opportunity to demonstrate the application of Common Core Standards.
  • Offers Formative Feedback — Test takers benefit from support every step of the way during the student teaching experience. This assessment is designed to provide the test taker with feedback from both the supervising instructor and teacher mentor that helps to refine the test taker's teaching.
  • Includes a Professional Growth Plan — Test takers work with their supervising instructors and cooperating teachers to develop a professional growth plan that shows their strengths and areas for improvement to further improve their teaching practice.
  • Ongoing Feedback — Test takers gain understanding of their growth throughout the clinical experience based on quick turnaround scoring time as tasks are submitted.
  • Ability to Resubmit — Test takers who do not meet the qualifying score can resubmit some or all of their summative tasks.

At ETS, we are fully committed to advancing quality and equity in education by providing states with accurate and consistent data to help inform licensure decisions.

Contact us today to learn more about the PPAT assessment and how to begin using it as part of your state's education program and licensure requirements.

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

Watch a panel of education professionals discuss the need for, the utility of, and the implementation of performance assessments. (1hr.)
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An Effective Measurement

Watch State Teachers of the Year share their opinions about the PPAT assessment and how it incorporates the necessary elements to measure teacher candidate effectiveness. (3 mins., 4 secs.)
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