New Principal Certification Assessments

NEW!

August 1, 2017 PASL webinar presentation

June 27, 2017 Webinar presentation 

Save the Dates
The second ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) webinar will be presented on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT. More information, as well as a link to the webinar, will be available in early October.

The TEA has solidified the dates for their regional forums for the principal certification redesign. The purpose of these forums is to provide more detailed information about the new certification, answer questions, and foster best practice sharing among principal preparation programs. All faculty, supervisors, and program coordinators are welcome to attend. Expect more details in the coming months, but for now please save these dates:

November 8, 2017 in San Antonio at ESC 20

November 9, 2017 in Midland at ESC 18
November 10, 2017 in Houston at ESC 4
November 16, 2017 in Ft. Worth at ESC 11

Principal (268)

The Texas principal assessment will be changing in the near future. Currently, candidates must pass the TExES Principal 068 test. Under current plans, the new TExES Principal 268 test will become operational in December 2018, and the 068 test will be phased out completely by the summer of 2019. The new TExES 268 test will contain both multiple-choice and constructed-response items. Beginning in the fall of 2019, candidates will also be required to successfully complete the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL). The Principal Test Framework for the TExES Principal 268 test is shown below. This framework will guide the development of test questions and is based on the Principal Standards recently adopted by the State Board for Educator Certification.Here are some of the differences:
TExES Principal (068) Examination TExES Principal (268) Examination Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) 

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

Constructed Response

Performance Assessment

* School Community Leadership
* Instructional Leadership
* Administrative Leadership
* School Culture
* Leading Learning
* Human Capital
* Executive Leadership
* Strategic Operations
* Ethics, Equity & Diversity
* Focus on Key Competencies * Task 1: Problem Solving in the Field
* Task 2: Supporting Continuous Professional Development
* Task 3: Creating a Collaborative Team
Cost: $131 Estimated Cost: $210  Estimated Cost: $400
 

 

Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)

Introducing the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)

The PASL allows principal candidates to show what they know and are able to do and assesses their capability as a school leader. It is designed to:

  • Develop more effective school leaders
  • Identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement to guide professional practice
  • Emphasize the role of school leaders in the area of school improvement

The PASL contains three tasks requiring written commentary and submission of required documents called artifacts to provide evidence of the knowledge and skills each task measures. A video of the principal candidate facilitating a collaborative team is required as one of the artifacts for Task 3. Tasks can be submitted over several months, allowing candidates to continually refine their professional practice.

  • Task 1: Problem Solving in the Field

In this task, candidates demonstrate the ability to address and resolve a significant problem/challenge in the school that influences practice and student learning. The task asks candidates to provide evidence of research, planning, communication with stakeholders, results or adjustments to the plan, and student work to address the problem/challenge.

  • Task 2: Supporting Continuous Professional Development

In this task, candidates demonstrate the skills needed to establish and support effective and continuous professional development with assigned staff. The task asks candidates to provide evidence of prioritizing and completing professional development, completing classroom walk-throughs, reviewing student work, and obtaining feedback after the professional development.

  • Task 3: Creating a Collaborative Team

In this task, candidates demonstrate their ability to facilitate stakeholders’ efforts to build a collaborative team within the school to improve instructional practice, student achievement, and the school culture.

Along with several other artifacts, a 15-minute video is required for this task.

Under current plans, the PASL will become operational in the fall of 2019, with registration opening in spring 2019. At that time, it will be administered twice a year with submissions due in the fall and spring. More information about PASL may be found at https://www.ets.org/ppa/test-takers/school-leaders/about.