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Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL)

Frequently Asked Questions for Programs

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What resources are available for programs?

The Administrator Field Guide is posted on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education PAL websitelink opens in a new window and on this program website; see the Programs Resources page.

Additional resources will be posted as they become available.

Will there be any changes to the assessment in the 2018–2019 operational year?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has updated the Candidate Assessment Handbook and Administrative Field Guide based on candidate, scorer, and program provider feedback from the 2018–2019 program year experiences.

There are no significant changes to the tasks or rubrics. Improvements were made in the instructions to add clarity and further direction. For details, please refer to the summaries of changes.

Please keep in mind the shift in cut score from 2.5 to 2.75 that was established in December 2015, please see the December 2015 memolink opens in a new window from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner.