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The PPAT® Assessment Task Requirements

Aligned with InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, the PPAT® assessment measures the instructional capability of teacher candidates prior to receiving a license.

The assessment consists of four tasks — one formative and three summative. Each task requires written commentary and submission of artifacts. A video is required for Task 4. The tasks are described below, and a requirements document and rubric document have been provided for each.

  • The requirements document contains the activities and guiding prompts for each task, the standards and indicators measured by each task, and detailed instructions to follow when submitting responses.
  • The rubric document contains the four task-specific rubrics that are used to evaluate the elements of the evidence you provide.

Before beginning the assessment, review the PPAT® Candidate and Educator Handbook for information about the tasks, rubrics, writing guidelines, how to include artifacts and record video and more.

While student teaching, you should collect multiple artifacts and videos in case you need to resubmit a task(s).

Task 1: Knowledge of Students and the Learning Environment

In this formative task, completed during the first weeks of student teaching, you demonstrate the knowledge and skills that pertain to your understanding of your assigned classroom. The task asks you to provide evidence in regard to your students, the school and the community, and to identify implications of these factors on instruction and student learning. It is important to take the time to understand the school culture to avoid unintended biases or stereotyping when responding to the prompts in this exercise. The Instructional and Support Resources Chart and the Contextual Factors Chart are two of the required artifacts for this task. The PPAT® Task 1 Handbook guides you, your EPP supervising instructor and your cooperating teacher through the collaborative efforts to complete Task 1. A score is not issued for this task.

Task 2: Assessment and Data Collection to Measure and Inform Student Learning

In this summative task, you demonstrate your understanding, analysis and application of assessment and data collection to measure and inform student learning. A score is issued for this task.

Task 3: Designing Instruction for Student Learning

In this summative task, you demonstrate your ability to develop instruction, including the use of technology, to facilitate student learning. A score is issued for this task.

Task 4: Implementing and Analyzing Instruction to Promote Student Learning

In this task, you demonstrate your ability to plan and implement a lesson using research-based instruction. You also show how you are able to adjust instruction for the whole class as well as for individual students within the class. Finally, you demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice. A 15-minute video is required with this task. A score is issued for this task.