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PPAT® Assessment

An effective measure of a teacher candidate's readiness for the classroom

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Why Choose the PPAT Assessment?

Using both summative and formative tasks, the PPAT assessment offers a comprehensive picture of test takers' potential for classroom success rather than the "single snapshot" offered by other assessments.

The assessment was designed in collaboration with teacher education faculty, cooperating teachers and department of education officials to ensure that it addressed the growing need to verify that student teachers are ready for the classroom.

Case studies

Read these case studies to learn how these universities implemented the PPAT assessment into their educator preparation program.

Advantages to using the PPAT assessment

  • 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 tasks and prompts, test takers have to 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 feedback throughout the clinical experience —The test taker submits tasks that are scored and reported throughout the clinical experience, and receives feedback from both the supervising instructor and teacher mentor that helps to refine their 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.
  • Ability to resubmit — Test takers who don’t meet the qualifying score can resubmit some or all of their summative tasks.

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

Contact us at 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.