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Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL)

Programs

Overview

All leadership preparation programs and pathways play a critical role in the development of school leaders for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Programs and pathways provide the foundation for helping candidates develop and apply their leadership knowledge and skills as outlined in the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership. Among these are the knowledge and skills in setting direction, creating a professional learning culture among staff, supporting individual teacher development, and engaging families and community to improve student learning.

Submission Deadlines and Reporting Dates

Review the PAL submission deadlines and score report dates.

Program Alignment

The PAL assessment system is designed to measure the most essential work of school leaders through four performance assessment tasks. The tasks are aligned with the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership. The PAL assessment system is complementary to preparation program and pathway content and formative assessments, which are also aligned to the state standards.

As preparation programs and pathways prepare candidates for leadership positions, the PAL assessment will be used to evaluate candidate preparedness for the purposes of licensure. Preparation programs and pathways will be able to use the assessment results to inform program changes and continual improvement.