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

Scores are issued to test takers and to educator preparation programs. Test takers who do not meet the passing score for the assessment will have an opportunity to resubmit one, two or all three tasks for a fee during the resubmission window immediately after scores are issued. See Getting Scores.

There are three types of scores for the PASL assessment:

  • step scores — each task of the assessment contains four steps
  • task scores — the sum of the four step scores; the score for Task 3 is doubled
  • overall assessment score — the sum of the three task scores

Test-taker Score Reports

The test-taker score report will contain valuable information about the test taker's performance, including:

  • a summary page indicating the score for each task and a cumulative score for the assessment
  • a detail page for each task indicating scores for each step within a task and feedback for each step score

See a PASL Sample Test-taker Score Report.

Calculating Task Scores

Step scores are summed to determine the task score for each of the three tasks. The score for Task 3 is multiplied by two to reflect the double weighting of the task. Tasks that are not submitted receive a score of zero.

How Tasks Are Scored

Tasks are centrally scored by ETS-trained raters. To learn more about how the PASL tasks are scored, see How Tasks are Scored.

The Overall Assessment Score

The three task scores are summed to determine the overall assessment score. As noted above, the score for Task 3 is doubled.

Pass/Fail

The passing score for the assessment is set at the overall assessment level. Passing status is not determined at the individual task level.

The Feedback for Step Scores

  • guides the test taker to improve the quality of evidence in the step responses
  • addresses the possible qualitative and quantitative level of the evidence provided in the step responses
  • is connected to the language of the task rubrics and the language of the guiding prompts
  • is helpful to the test taker when deciding whether or not to resubmit a task

Test takers access their score reports via their online account approximately four weeks after the task deadline. If they resubmit any tasks, this report will be reissued approximately four weeks after the resubmission deadline.

Feedback does not appear on score reports accessed by the educator preparation program in the ETS® Data Manager. View the feedback for all steps and score levels:

Steps with a Score of Zero

Test takers must respond to all guiding prompts by:

  • providing evidence that directly correlates to what is being asked in each textbox
  • providing all required artifacts
  • supplying the evidence that addresses the guiding prompts of the textbox to which the artifact is linked

A score of zero will be applied to a step for any of the following:

  • The written commentary for a step is missing or it does not address the activity and guiding prompts of that step (and is deemed off-topic).
  • The required artifacts are missing. A step that requires multiple artifacts must have at least one artifact attached to the step to be scoreable.
  • The artifact present in the step fails to provide evidence of what is required.
  • The required artifact is a video, and the video is missing.

Encourage test takers to read through the submitted response and compare what was submitted to the requirements of the guiding prompts.

Test Takers Who Do Not Pass

Test takers who are unable to pass the assessment during the original submission window have an opportunity to resubmit the tasks for a fee during a short resubmission window immediately following their original submission window. Test takers unable to pass the assessment during the resubmission window must retake the assessment in a future submission window.

Resubmission

Test takers with an overall assessment score that falls below the designated passing score for the assessment are eligible to resubmit any or all three summative tasks for a fee during the resubmission window immediately following their original submission. See How Test Takers Resubmit Tasks for more information.

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Become a Rater

ETS will soon hire raters for online scoring of the PASL assessment. If you are interested, please check the ETS Online Scoring opportunities information.