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Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL)

Retaking PAL

Retake Eligibility

If a candidate does not meet or exceed the total PAL passing score of 2.75, as well as the threshold score (2.1) on each of the four tasks, he/she may elect to create a new registration to retake a task(s) to improve his/her individual task and overall assessment performance. Candidates must wait to receive scores from their last task submission before they can register for a retake of that same task.

In all cases, when a task is submitted as a retake, the entire task is scored without reference to the previous submission. The highest task level score (not the rubric indicator level score) is applied to the overall PAL Summary Score.

Retakes of scored tasks which did not meet the minimum threshold for the task or the total PAL summary score must include new or substantially revised artifacts and commentaries where original candidate responses are required. Note that candidates may resubmit supporting documents by category (e.g., school or district data, a school plan, or other required components not originated by the candidate) without revision.

Candidates electing to retake a task or tasks based on a prior submission that received condition codes should carefully review all PAL Submission Requirements and Condition Codes PDF document, individual task components, the condition codes which were applied and reported in their score report, and specifications for required work.

You can view current information for any scored tasks by logging in to your account. There, you may view your scores, as well as an overall PAL Summary Report (Best Attempt scores) when applicable.

Retake Guidelines

Candidates who receive condition code(s) (indicating materials were not scorable) may re-create or revise materials for a retake that specifically address the reason(s) for receiving the condition code(s). Retake submissions that rectify condition codes A, C, D, or X (e.g., video was unplayable, non-blinded materials, etc.) may include previously submitted materials in addition to specifically addressing the reason(s) for condition codes being applied. In all other condition code cases (B, E, or F), the candidate must submit new or revised materials that address the reason(s) for the condition codes. In all cases, when a task is submitted as a retake, the entire task is scored without reference to the previous submission. The highest task level score (not the rubric indicator level score) is applied to the overall PAL Summary Score.

  • Candidates will have two years from the time they register for a PAL task to complete, upload, and submit all work for that task.
  • All work must be completed following standard PAL submission policies and requirements, as well as the Massachusetts PAL Rules of Assessment Participation, available on the Candidates/Policies page of this website.
  • All work must be completed according to the task instructions in use during the Program Year of the retake, and will be scored according to the rubrics in use at the time of submission.
  • There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can register to retake each task, although each retake will be charged separately.

Retake Registration

Before registering, candidates should review the PAL Retake Guidance for Candidates . This guide contains important submission information.

When you are ready to register for a task(s), go to the Candidates/Registration and Submission page and follow the system instructions to register for the appropriate task(s).