New Principal Certification Assessments

NEW!

The following documents are password-protected. If you are an EPP administrator and would like access to these documents, please email EPPAdmin@ets.org. 

August 1, 2017 PASL webinar presentation

June 27, 2017 webinar presentation 

New Principal (268) and Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) Certification Assessment flyer (September 2017 Update)

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 Education Agency (TEA) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are closely collaborating on the creation of a new Principal assessment. Under the current plan, the new TExES Principal (268) test will become operational in December 2018, and the current Principal (068) test will be phased out and retired by the summer of 2019. The new TExES Principal (268) test will contain both selected-response (SR) and constructed-response (CR) items and will be administered in a five-hour testing window. Due to the new CR component, the TExES Principal (268) test will be administered in fixed 16-day testing windows. The Principal Test Framework for the TExES Principal (268) test is included in the New Principal (268) and Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) Certification Assessment flyer. 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) 

Selected Response

Selected Response

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)

Beginning in 2019, candidates will also be required to successfully complete the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL). Under current plans, the PASL will become operational in the fall of 2019, with registration opening in spring 2019. PASL will be administered twice a year with submissions due in the fall and spring. More information about the PASL may be found at https://www.ets.org/ppa/test-takers/school-leaders/about

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.