PPAT® Development

Providing experience in developing performance assessments

The PPAT® assessment was developed by a National Advisory Committee of educators and teacher educators from 16 states. ETS test development experts guided the committee through an evidence-centered design process to ensure that the assessment tasks elicit evidence, predicated upon the InTASC standards and indicators, of the level of teaching proficiency appropriate for beginning teachers.

The PPAT assessment piloted nearly 1,000 participants over a two-year period, and more than 500 teacher educators were involved in the pilot program.

For more development information, read the Alignment Between PPAT and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards (PDF) or the Recommending a Passing Score for the PPAT Assessment (PDF).

ETS’s long history measuring teacher performance

ETS has nearly two decades of experience in developing, administering and scoring portfolio-based performance assessments. Our work in this area began in the mid-1990s, and includes the Praxis III® assessments, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Assessment, the Washington ProTeach Portfolio, the PPAT assessment and the Missouri Performance Assessments. The Missouri Performance Assessments are a suite of performance assessments that are required for certification by the state of Missouri and includes assessments for Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA), Missouri School Leader Performance Assessment (MoSLPA), Missouri School Counselor Performance Assessment (MoSCPA) and Missouri Librarian Performance Assessment (MoLPA).