Why the PPAT® Assessment
Assessing Your Teacher Candidate’s Readiness
The PPAT® assessment provides evidence of readiness by measuring the level of teaching skills your student teacher can demonstrate in the classroom. Administered throughout the student teaching experience, the PPAT assessment measures a range of skills across the teaching cycle, from planning instruction to reflecting on and analyzing student and educator performance. The PPAT assessment was designed to promote greater collaboration between the student teacher, supervising instructor and cooperating teacher and creates opportunities for learning growth both during and after a student teacher’s practical experience.
The PPAT assessment is flexible and can be used to assess skills for any content area. Additionally, the assessment does not restrict student teachers to only leveraging experience from one classroom, which allows student teachers to showcase a variety of knowledge and skills. The PPAT assessment promotes ongoing learning and improvement by allowing the student teachers to complete the tasks throughout their clinical practice, not all at the end of their student teaching assignment.
The PPAT assessment offers unique features designed to ensure both educator preparation programs (EPPs) and student teachers get the most out of the performance assessment experience, including:
Formative Task – Task 1 (the formative task) provides student teachers the opportunity to get acclimated with the PPAT assessment and acts as a learning tool for student teachers and provides EPP faculty with insight on student performance.
Ongoing Feedback – Phased administration provides continual feedback loop that provides the opportunity to adjust and improve performance throughout the assessment, rather than after assessment completion.
A Design that Promotes Collaboration – Local scoring of Task 1 provides immediate feedback for the student teacher and enables the supervising instructor to better understand the student teacher and provide more effective guidance.
Addresses any and all content areas – The PPAT assessment was intentionally designed to provide flexibility and ensure use and relevance for all required content areas. The assessment tasks require student teachers to model subject-specific academic language and to base lesson plans on appropriate state and national content standards.
Double Scoring – Tasks 2, 3 and 4 are double scored to ensure greater transparency and inter-rater reliability.
Professional Growth Plan – Completion of the PPAT assessments includes a self-reflection exercise that enables new teachers to continually evaluate themselves and improve their practice, providing a plan growth plan to guide their beginning years in the classroom.