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Video for Task 3 of the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)

Task 3 of the PASL assessment requires one 15-minute video of you facilitating a collaborative team during your internship. The purpose of the video is to provide an authentic and complete view of your leadership performance and an illustration of the following key practices, by demonstrating:

  • an interaction with colleagues and how colleagues interact with you and one another
  • the creation of a collaborative instructional climate
  • the facilitation and engagement of colleagues in learning through reflection

The video task conveys to the raters how you practice your profession, the decisions you make, and your working relationship with colleagues and other stakeholders.

During the course of your internship, record multiple videos so you have several options for choosing the video to submit for original submission or, if necessary, for resubmission. See the Task 3 Video section of the PASL Candidate and Educator Handbook for more information about recording the Task 3 video.

Multiple Video Segments

You can upload only one video file in the online submission system. The video must:

  • contain one five-minute segment (unedited) from either Textbox 3.2.2 or Textbox 3.3.1
  • contain one 10-minute reflective segment (unedited) from Textbox 3.4.1

Both segments must be combined into a single file for uploading. Keep your video segment(s) limited to the times as directed above. Raters will only review the first 15 minutes of the video.

Edited Video Recordings

  • The video recording of your interactions with colleagues whether in the five-minute segment or the 10-minute segment must be unedited.
  • Any break in the continuity of a segment is considered impermissible editing. If the segments within your recording appear to have been edited, your entire task will receive a score of zero.
  • The purpose of the submitted video recording is to provide a view of your leadership that is as authentic as possible. Your video recording should convey to the raters how you practice your profession, the decisions you make, and your relationships with colleagues and parents. The raters are not expecting flawless footage.

Video File Size and Types

You can upload only one video file in the online submission system. The submission system where you upload your video has specific requirements as to the type and size of video files that are acceptable for uploading.

If your video does not meet the following requirements, you will not be able to upload the video:

Acceptable file types are:

  • .avi
  • .divx
  • .flv
  • .mov
  • .mp4
  • .mpeg
  • .mpg
  • .wmv

Before submission, become familiar with your recording equipment and the size and type of the video file you will create. This will allow you ample time to adjust your video file to meet the system requirements for uploading.

If you plan to record your video from your cell phone or tablet, make sure you are able to transfer the video file from your cell phone or tablet to a PC or Mac® in order to upload it to the submission system.

Even though your video recording may be within the 15-minute requirement, the file itself may be too large for uploading into the submission system. If the file is too large, use video editing software to reduce the file to an acceptable size.

Videos Recorded in a Virtual Learning Environment

ETS will accept videos created in a virtual learning environment for candidates who are unable to record face-to-face videos as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Review the Guidance for Completing the PASL Assessment in a Virtual or Hybrid Environment.

To protect the identity of participants in the virtual recording, most video conferencing platforms have a step-by-step process on how to change one's name or remove one's name from the account. In some instances, a user can remove their name while a meeting is being recorded.

Editing Your Video to Meet Uploading Requirements

The individual video segment(s) that you will submit as evidence cannot be edited. If the segments within your recording appear to have been edited, the entire task will receive a score of zero. Depending on your video output file, you may need to make changes to your video file. To meet the requirements for uploading into the online submission system, you may have to:

  • combine multiple video clips/segments into one file
  • reduce the video file size
  • convert file to an acceptable file type

Video editing software may be needed to get the file ready for upload. There are a number of free video editing software programs available on the internet. When searching, make sure you find the official manufacturer’s website to download the software. See the Video section of the Submission System User Guide for links to video-editing software.

If your file meets the system requirements and you are still unable to upload, please contact Customer Service for assistance before the task submission deadline to allow time to resolve the issue.

Additional video information including tips on lighting and placement of video equipment, importance of recording multiple videos and how to analyze your video recording is available in the PASL Candidate and Educator Handbook.

Uploading Your Video

The video is uploaded in Task 3, Step 5.

  • Do not upload the video to your Library of Artifacts.
  • Do not include a link to a third-party site for your video.

For detailed information on how to upload your video and how to navigate the submission system, review the Submission System User Guide.

Video Upload Process and Errors

  • We recommend that you allow at least one hour for the video upload and review process in the submission system.
  • If your video file is too large, is not the correct file type, or is corrupted in any way, you will receive errors when trying to upload the file. You want to allow time to resolve these errors.
  • The video upload process could take over 30 minutes to complete before you will be able to review the video.
  • When planning your Task 3 response, be sure to allow enough time for this so you can review the uploaded video before submitting the task.
  • If you submit your task without confirming that the video can be viewed and that the sound quality is good, your scores may be impacted.
  • To use your time efficiently, upload your video first so that it can process while you are entering your written commentary in the textboxes.

If you are unable to resolve video upload errors, contact us for assistance before the submission deadline.

Reviewing Your Uploaded Video in the Submission System

Review the video file after it has successfully uploaded to ensure proper sound and play quality. Your scores will be impacted if raters are unable to view or hear your video during scoring. This could result in zero step scores.

Permission Forms and Privacy

You are required to obtain permission forms from colleagues or other adults who may appear in or can be heard in the video. See Permission Forms.

Given the importance of privacy with regard to the videos, it is your responsibility to keep the video files secure. Do not use videos for any purpose other than to fulfill the requirements of this assessment. Do not upload videos to websites other than the online submission system.

Video Deletion Policy

The assessment video will be deleted from ETS systems approximately 12 months after the final scores are reported for the submission window, with the exception of videos that will be used for training purposes. A video that ETS selects to be used for training ETS raters will remain in the ETS systems. ETS will honor requests to exclude a candidate’s video from being used for training purposes. Requests to exclude a video from being used for training purposes should be sent via email to