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Tool Name
Performance Assessment of California's Teachers (PACT)

Evaluation Type
Observations of Teachers and Principals
Instructional Artifacts
Portfolios
Combination Models

Subject
All Subjects

Grade
All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Summative

Professional Status
Teacher

Developer
This product was developed by a consortium of California universities.

Product Description
The PACT Teaching Event uses teacher portfolios, video clips, examples of student work, daily reflections, and commentaries of teaching context to evaluate preservice teachers. The Teaching Event examines five areas of teaching: planning, instruction, assessment, reflection, and developing students' academic language. Teachers are evaluated by teachers from the same subject area, and the assessment is aligned with the California Teaching Standards. The Teaching Event is considered a capstone experience that occurs after completing embedded PACT assessments during preservice training.

General Target Population Information
This product was developed as a summative assessment for preservice teachers who are completing student teaching.

Stage of Development
Focused on Preservice Teachers

Users
This product is used by 30 universities, 1 district internship program, and 1 charter school network. This system has been tested for reliability and validity.

Research and Resources
Pecheone, R. L., & Chung, R. R. (2007, March). Technical report of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT): Summary of validity and reliability studies for the 2003-04 pilot year. PACT Consortium. Retrieved October 5, 2011, from http://www.pacttpa.org/_files/Publications_and_Presentations/PACT_Technical_Report_March07.pdf

An evaluation is currently under way connecting PACT scores and student achievement data. More information is available on the PACT website at http://www.pacttpa.org/_main/hub.php?pageName=Home.

Cost
Costs for the use of this product have not been established.

Contact Information
PACT
505 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-724-9262
Fax: 650-736-7160
E-Mail: kendylls@stanford.edu
Website: http://www.pacttpa.org 

Support Available
Candidates can find information on the requirements of the Teaching Events and the rubrics that are used at http://www.pacttpa.org/_main/hub.php?pageName=Home.