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Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL)

Requesting a Score Confirmation

PAL Scoring Process

All PAL tasks are scored according to standardized procedures by a minimum of two qualified scorers. Scorers include educational leaders, leadership preparation faculty (including clinical faculty) or educational professionals with administrative credentials or recent experience in school leadership, professional development, or technical support with schools in Massachusetts. Each scorer participates in rigorous task-specific training to become qualified as a PAL scorer. The scorers are carefully monitored during scoring activities to maintain high quality and consistency in scoring across tasks.

Score Confirmation Service

If you believe your score on one or more indicators was reported in error, you may request a score confirmation. The score confirmation service is available only for scores reported on or after 1/12/2017. There is a fee for this service. You may request a score confirmation within 60 calendar days of the receipt of your score.

Score confirmations are completed by scoring supervisors—experienced scorers who have completed task-specific training and successfully passed scorer qualification assessments. Upon review of the scores initially assigned to your work, the scoring supervisor will confirm that the appropriate scores were applied.

If the score confirmation process results in a score alteration (either higher or lower than originally reported), you will be issued a corrected score report, the score confirmation fee will be refunded, and your records will be updated.

If the original score is confirmed as a result of the score confirmation process, you will be sent a letter indicating that your score has been confirmed, and the score confirmation fee will not be refunded.

Note: Score confirmation can be requested only when a numeric score has been assigned to all indicators. If any of your PAL materials do not meet the PAL submission requirements as defined in the PAL Submission Requirements and Condition Codes PDF document, your score report will include an associated condition code(s) on one or more indicators. A condition code on your score report indicates that the designated task(s) are unscorable and, therefore, are not eligible for score confirmation.

Requesting a Score Confirmation

A request for score confirmation must be made in writing and must include:

  • your name
  • your customer number (found in your PAL account)
  • the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • the task and associated submission date for which you want your score confirmed
  • Score Confirmation Service payment of $200 made by cashier's check or money order only, payable to Evaluation Systems in U.S. dollars. Write the last four digits of your Social Security number on your cashier's check or money order. Do not send cash.

Your written request and the correct payment must be postmarked within two months (i.e., 60 calendar days) of the score reporting date for the submission for which score confirmation is requested and mailed to:

PAL Program
Evaluation Systems
Pearson
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004