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About the ETS® Performance Assessment for Teacher Leaders (PATL)

What Is It?

The ETS® Performance Assessment for Teacher Leaders (PATL) measures the critical leadership roles that teachers play in contributing to student and school success. It measures leadership roles in six areas, called tasks, which are scored according to task-specific rubrics. Each task addresses specific standards within the Teacher Leader Model Standards.

Tasks are completed by entering a written response and uploading required documentation, called artifacts, via an online submission platform.

Who Takes It?

Currently certified and practicing educators who are seeking advanced credentials are eligible to take the PATL assessment.

What Are the Tasks Like?

Each task is developed to assess your skills and abilities in a specific area of classroom instruction. See Tasks and Requirements.

You will complete each task by entering a written response and uploading associated documentation, called artifacts. A textbox is provided to enter responses. You are expected to write descriptively, analytically and reflectively. Features such as Character Count, Save Response, Link Artifacts to Highlighted Text and Remove Link are provided as tools to assist in the development of your responses.

How Can I Prepare for the Assessment?

Free downloadable materials are available to help you prepare, including the candidate handbook and a glossary of common terms. To access these materials, see Resources. For writing guidelines, task examples and artifacts, see Preparation.

How Is the Assessment Given?

You will create and submit your tasks in a private, secure online submission system, accessible only by you via your username and password. Using the website, you can:

  • enter a written response to each task
  • upload required documents and artifacts
  • link required artifacts to your written responses
  • edit, save, delete and change your responses to each task throughout the submission period

Once you are confident that all your responses satisfy the task requirements you can submit them. Tasks must be submitted on or before your submission deadline date. See Registration and Submission.

When Will Scores Be Available?

Score reports are available via your testing account in the PATL submission system approximately six weeks after the submission deadline date you chose at the time of registration. Score reports are available online only and all candidates in the same submission window will receive their scores at the same time. See Scores.