PAL Pilot Test


This area of the PAL website provides information, resources, suggestions, and support documents for education professionals who are participating in the PAL pilot during fall 2023 and the programs working with them. PAL is being updated to incorporate anti-racist leadership competencies that were added to the Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders in 2021 Link opens in a new window..

Task 1 and Task 2 are being piloted during fall 2023. Candidates have been invited to participate in the PAL pilot and will receive a voucher code to use to register for either Task 1 or Task 2. Pilot test registration opened on October 10, 2023, and the submission due dates are as follows:

  • Task 1: January 1, 2024
  • Task 2: January 31, 2024

Candidates who participate in the PAL pilot and provide a scorable submission will receive a score of at least 2.75 on their task. Candidates may use this score to satisfy the PAL licensure requirement.


The registration and submission window for the PAL pilot is now closed.

Additional Pilot Information

  • PAL pilot task submissions must meet performance expectations.
  • All work products for the pilot task must be completed and be scorable. A fully scorable task is one that can be reviewed by a scorer and have scores assigned to all rubrics.
  • Scorable submissions will receive a score of at least 2.75 and may be used by the candidate to meet state standards for licensure.
  • Pilot test score reports will be provided for candidates who provide a scorable submission. The pilot test score reports will be provided to these candidates and to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in April 2024.

Task 1: Leadership through a Vision for High Student Achievement

Focusing on two pillars of highly effective schools—the instructional program (curriculum, instruction, and assessment) and the school culture—a candidate will develop an equitable and inclusive vision of high-quality student learning and a plan for improving student outcomes in a priority academic area. The candidate will collect and analyze a variety of quantitative and qualitative data on student performance, on student and educator relationships, and on the school culture; select a priority academic area for focus; document existing school programs, services, and practices; and develop a set of goals, objectives, and action strategies with input from school leaders and school community members.

Task 2: Instructional Leadership for a Professional Learning Culture

A candidate will demonstrate personal capacity to foster school improvement by developing and supporting professional learning groups by working with a small group of educators in their school who reflect multiple perspectives and using structured learning activities to improve the educators' knowledge and skills. The candidate will support educators in improving an existing curriculum, instruction, or assessment strategy, while also documenting the process, educators' teamwork, and improved practices.

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