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Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL)

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When Should I Submit?

Review the PAL submission deadlines and score report dates.

PAL Assessment Materials

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PAL Candidate Assessment Handbook and Templates

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to release the new PAL Candidate Assessment Handbook for the 2017–18 program year. This update includes a number of refinements to improve the clarity of instructions, required work products, and scoring.

Evidence Charts

The following evidence charts provide a list of all required work products for each PAL task, as well as a description of supported file types for submission.

Model Consent Forms

PAL Model District Consent Form PDF document

This is an example of a district consent form for candidates to obtain their superintendent's permission to complete the work for Task 3 (Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Individual Teacher Effectiveness). This model form explains the project, the task the candidate will be completing and asks the superintendent to grant the candidate permission to gather the information and video-record both the teacher observation and the post conference meeting. Candidates should consult with their program faculty and district supervisors about requirements to obtain formal district consent and use district-required forms, if available. Otherwise, we recommend that candidates use this form.

PAL Model Teacher Consent Form PDF document

This is an example of a teacher consent form for candidates to obtain a teacher's permission to complete the work for Task 3 (Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Individual Teacher Effectiveness). To complete his or her assignment as part of Task 3, a candidate will gather relevant information about the teacher and his or her class, conduct a pre-observation, observe, the volunteer teacher and video recording one or more class lessons, meet and video record a post-observation meeting, and solicit the teacher's feedback. This form explains the project, the task the candidate is completing, explains the confidentiality of the student and grants the candidate permission BY THE TEACHER to provide information required for the candidate to complete the task and video-record both the teacher observation and the post conference meeting. Candidates should consult with their program faculty and district supervisors about requirements to obtain teacher consent and use district-required forms, if available. Otherwise, we recommend that candidates use this form.

PAL Model Parent Consent Form PDF document

This is an example of a parent consent form for candidates to obtain permission to video record their children's classroom as part of observation work for Task 3 (Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Individual Teacher Effectiveness). This form explains the project, the task the candidate is completing, explains the confidentiality of the student and obtain parent consent for the candidate to have permission to video-record the classroom as part of a teacher observation. Candidates should consult with their program faculty and district supervisors about requirements to obtain parent consent and use district-required forms, if available. Otherwise, we recommend that candidates use this form.

PAL Model Child Consent Form PDF document

This is an example of a student consent form for candidates to obtain permission to video record the classroom observation work for Task 3 (Leadership in Observing, Assessing and Supporting Individual Teacher Effectiveness) of the Performance Assessment for Leaders. This form explains the project, the task the candidate is completing, explains the confidentiality of the student and obtain student consent for candidate permission to video-record the classroom as part of a teacher observation. Candidates should consult with their program faculty and district supervisors about requirements to obtain student consent and use district-required forms, if available. Otherwise, we recommend that candidates use this form.

PAL Task Videos

PAL Task 1 Video Video link link opens in a new window

A professor and a student discuss PAL Task 1: Leadership through a Vision for High Student Achievement.

PAL Task 2 Video Video link link opens in a new window

A professor and a student discuss PAL Task 2: Instructional Leadership for a Professional Learning Culture.

PAL Task 3 Video Video link link opens in a new window

A professor and a student discuss PAL Task 3: Leadership in Observing, Assessing, and Supporting Individual Teacher Effectiveness.

PAL Task 4 Video Video link link opens in a new window

A professor and a student discuss PAL Task 4: Leadership for Family Engagement and Community Involvement.

Pearson ePortfolio User Guide and Tips

The following materials are available to candidates using the Pearson ePortfolio system.