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Department of Education

PACT: Performance Assessment for California Teachers


PACT Information

The State of California requires a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) as one of the final requirements of credential students before they become teachers. At HSU, we use PACT, the Performance Assessment for California Teachers to fulfill this requirement.

Candidates complete Content Area Tasks (CAT) in science, literacy and social science during fall semester and complete the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Event spring semester.

For the Teaching Event (TE), candidates follow procedures outlined in the Elementary Mathematics Teaching Event Candidate Handbook and upload their completed Teaching Event tasks to Taskstream (see calendar of due dates below). The Teaching Events are scored by trained scorers (EED faculty and retired mentor teachers). Candidates receive their score reports and debrief individually with EED faculty. If necessary, candidates may repeat one or more TE tasks and resubmit the product for scoring.

PACT Calendar for Candidates: 2011-2012

Fall Sememster

September 9 EED 701 Workshop: Location TBA
October 22 Science CAT due date
November 19 Literacy CAT due date
December 3 Social Science CAT due date
December 12 EED 701 Workshop: Location TBA

Spring Sememster

January 2-3 Give Parent Permission forms to students for parent signatures
January 6 Collect signed forms from students and attach to Permission Cover Page
January 13 EED 701 Workshop: HGH 227 11am-2pm
January 17-20 Permission Cover Page & attached permission forms due to Credential Programs Office
January 30 Complete Video Elicited Lesson Reflection (Video yourself teaching; complete reflection template; meet w/ supervisor to view video together and discuss your reflections; turn in reflections to supervisor)
February 11 Context for Learning 2 uploaded on TaskStream (Task 1)
February 22 EED 701 Workshop: Goodwin Forum 9am-11:50am
March 3 Math TE Task 2 Planning uploaded on TaskStream
Mar. 12 - 23 Complete video for Math TE Task 3 Instruction
March 24 Math TE Task 3 Instruction uploaded on TaskStream
March 26-29 Complete PACT Demographic Survey online (click on this link); submit Verification of Survey Completion to Assistant Coordinator Bryn Coriell via email (bpc11@humboldt.edu)
April 7 Math TE Task 4 Assessment uploaded on TaskStream
April 14 Math TE Task 5 Reflection uploaded on TaskStream
April 15 Deadline for complete Math TE upload on TaskStream; Deadline to turn in TE Authenticity Sign-Off Form
April 16-19 Math TE scoring
April 20 Math TE Scores available to candidates on TaskStream

Useful PACT Information Links:

Overview - A brief overview of PACT.

www.pacttpa.org - The official PACT website.

Supporting Documents - Teaching Event Handbooks, rubrics, making good choices.

Video editing instructions for firewire - These are instructions for PC users who want to work independently to upload video from one of our cameras to a computer and then edit their video.


PACT Forms - for candidate use

Click on the links below to view/download:

 Videotaping Permission Forms

Before any videotaping occurs, credential candidates need to have turned in the permission forms for all of the students in their class, signed by each student's parent/guardian.

PACT Student Permission Forms Coversheet: To be filled out by the credential candidate, signed by Mentor Teacher & Principal, and attached on top of all of the parent permission forms.

Parent Permission Form in English: To be sent home with the student and signed by parent/guardian.

Parent Permission Form in Spanish: To be sent home with the student and signed by parent/guardian.

Video Elicited Lesson Reflection (VELR) packet (PDF)

VELR worksheet only (PDF or Word)

Teaching Event Authenticity Sign-Off Form (PDF): form 2011-2012 credential candidates, this is due by April 15th. 2011

Candidates: Once you have completed your PACT Teaching Event, read and complete this form, then give to your University Supervisor to sign and return to the Credential Office.

Camera Check-Out Information

As part of PACT, credential candidates film pieces of their lessons at their placement school sites. All PACT Camera equipment will be checked out via appointment or during the PACT assistant's office hours. Candidates need to make an appointment a minimum of one working day in advance in order to reserve your equipment. Equipment is offered on a first come, first serve basis. To make an appointment for equipment check-out, contact PACT assistant Ken Weiderman.


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