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Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)

What is PACT?

PACT (Performance Assessment for California Teachers) is a consortium of  teacher preparation programs at 30universities, 1 district internship program, and 1 charter school network. These institutions have joined together to develop a teacher performance assessment. Successful completion of the teaching performance assessment will be required to earn a California Preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential.

The teaching performance assessment consists of the Teaching Event and Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs). Multiple Subject (elementary) candidates complete three additional Teaching Event tasks so that they are assessed in each of the core content areas (literacy, mathematics, history-social science, and science) taught in elementary schools.  The Teaching Event measures the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), which are teaching standards for California student teachers. The customized ESAs, which measure selected Teaching Performance Expectations, are developed by each program.

We are grateful to the following for generously funding PACT activities and research from 2002 to the present:  Carnegie Corporation, CSU Chancellor’s Office, Flora Family Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, National Science Foundation (subcontract through UC-Riverside), and the UC Office of the President.

Teacher Performance Assessment Diagram

Click here to view a list of institutions who are members of the PACT consortium

For more information about PACT you can read the documents below.

Introduction to the PACT Assessment System

Information About the California Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Requirement

California TPA Brochures

Joining PACT

Institutions interested in either joining PACT or in learning more about PACT can contact Nicole Merino at nmerino@stanford.edu
A memorandum of understanding is the formal agreement by which new institutions join PACT