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Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL)

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PAL Administrative Field Guide

PAL Administrative Field Guide PDF document

This is the document that is designed for program leaders to help guide candidates through the completion of the PAL tasks. Updated 9/27/2016

Massachusetts policy on score requirements ESE Memo

Massachusetts policy on score requirements ESE Memo PDF document

Based on the recommendations of the PAL Technical Advisory and Standards Setting committees, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has established the performance assessment standards for PAL. These requirements are outlined in this memo from Liz Losee, Assistant Director, Educator Effectiveness.

PAL Rules of Assessment Participation

PAL Rules of Assessment Participation

The PAL rules are an abiding agreement between the candidate and the PAL administration team. By registering for PAL, the candidate agrees to abide by the current Rules of Assessment Participation for PAL and all procedures and policies contained in the current PAL Candidate Assessment Handbook and this website.

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 2016–17 program year. This update includes a number of refinements to improve the clarity of instructions, required work products, and scoring.

PAL Assessment Policies

The PAL assessment policies for candidates include information about the cost to register for the PAL assessment, and policies for Withdrawals, Refunds, Duration, Resubmissions, Score Confirmations, and Plagiarism. Candidates should read and understand these policies before they register to take the PAL assessment.

Candidate ePortfolio User Guide and Tips

Materials to help faculty, program directors, supervisors and staff learn more about the Pearson ePortfolio system, which their candidates will be using to upload and submit their work products.

PAL Rubric Alignment to MA ESE Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership

PAL Rubric Alignment to MA ESE Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership PDF document

This document shows the alignment of the PAL Rubric to the MA ESE Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership.

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.

ESE Memo: Participation Requirements and Use of Videotaping with PAL

ESE Memo: Participation Requirements and use of Videotaping in the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders PDF document

This is a memo from the MA ESE department on the participation requirements for, and use of, videotaping with PAL. MA ESE is looking for superintendents and principals to support candidates as they work within their schools and district to attain permissions for the video recording. The video recording is an essential component of Task 3, because it allows the candidate to provide authentic visual evidence of conducting observations, providing thoughtful feedback, and offering support to a teacher.

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.

Webinar Presentation - 09.30.15

Preparation Program PAL Update Meeting 9.30.2015 PowerPoint document

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 2:00–3:00 pm, Bank Street College and ESE hosted a webinar for all leadership preparation program faculty and staff on the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL). The purpose of this webinar was to share results from the field trial, discuss new policies and procedures for the PAL implementation in Program Year 2015–16, review the score setting process and timeline, and answer questions.