Guide to Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)

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The only book that brings together the history, features, research, and applications of PACT, Guide to Performance Assessment for California Teachers provides pre-service and in-service teachers with a thorough how-to manual for understanding and using PACT effectively.

This essential primer organized in topics based on the most frequently asked questions about PACT, has been designed to help teacher candidates understand its origins, research findings, tasks and scoring, and impact on teacher performance assessment in California so they can prepare early in their program to pass it successfully. Chock full of practical information, the book includes useful examples of the PACT Teaching Event and embedded signature assessments, an explanation of how the Teaching Event is scored, a full chapter devoted to academic language and coverage of next steps for further study and review.


  • Brings together for the first time in one book all of the primary features of PACT so readers can develop a deep Presents an overview of academic language in PACT with vignettes and analysis from the Teaching Event, along with suggested resources and strategies, to help candidates and faculty who struggle with academic language implementation. (Ch. 3)
  • Provides candidates with an understanding of how and why PACT was developed, giving the background and rationale for PACT to teacher candidates new to the performance assessment system (Chs. 1 and 2)
  • Discusses both multiple and single subject credential examples, givinga helpful overview of PACT across grade levels and subject areas. (Ch. 2)
  • Explores the scoring process, rubric, and the major ideas behind the rubrics, helping candidates better understand how they will be evaluated and how they might use the feedback. (Ch. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132143141
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Lombardi is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education at California State University. Judy has over 30 years experience teaching in public schools and at the university level. Judy's interests include pre-service teacher training, critical thinking, and brain-based research in education.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Research on Teacher Performance Assessment and PACT

How California Teacher Assessment Reform Began

Research on the PACT Model of Teacher Performance Assessment

How PACT Addresses Research Gaps

How PACT Addresses Assessment Gaps

How PACT Addresses Other Assessment Issues

Research on PACT as a Valid, Reliable Instrument of Teacher Performance


What Sets PACT Apart from Other Assessments

Piloting PACT

Testing the Validity of PACT

How Experts Responded to Initial PACT Research


Chapter 1 Defining PACT

How PACT Was Developed

Origins of the PACT Teaching Event

Selecting the Teaching Event as the PACT Centerpiece

Construction and Scoring of the PACT Teaching Event

What PACT Measures

How PACT Data Are Used

Research that Supports the PACT Design

Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs) in PACT

Differences Between Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs) and

Regular Classroom Assignments

Examples of Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs)

California’s Alternate TPAs

The CalTPA (California Teacher Performance Assessment)

How the CalTPA Became Required by State Law

New Program Standards and the TPA

How PACT and CalTPA Differ

California Teacher Preparation Programs That Do Not Use PACT

How Multiple Subject (Elementary) and Single Subject (Secondary) Differ in


The TPEs (Teaching Performance Expectations)

A Quick Overview of the TPEs

How the California TPEs Were Developed

Institutions Outside California Currently Using PACT

PACT and Special Education

PACT and Bilingual Education

How PACT Aligns with State Standards and Teacher Preparation Programs

No Child Left Behind and PACT

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure in California


Chapter 2: The PACT Teaching Event

Five Required Tasks of the Teaching Event

A Quick Overview of the Five Tasks in the Teaching Event

A Quick Overview of the Teaching Event Requirements Aligned to the

Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

More Information on Academic Language

Subjects Available for PACT Teaching Events in Multiple Subject

(Elementary) and Single Subject (Secondary)

Purpose of the Teaching Event Handbooks

Formats for Submitting the Teaching Event

Samples of Completed Teaching Events

Support Provided to Teacher Candidates in Completing the Teaching Event

Unacceptable Support in Completing the Teaching Event

The Unified Learning Segment in PACT Teaching Event

Submitting the Unified Learning Segment

How the Unified Learning Segment Prompts Vary by Subject and Grade Level

Video Clip Requirements for the PACT Instruction Task

Videotaping Support for Candidates

Confidentiality of Videotaped Classroom Students

Differences in Video Clips Among Subjects and Grade Levels

Uploading a Lesson Plan to an Electronic/Digital Platform

The PACT Teaching Event and Electronic Portfolio Management Systems

Evaluation and Scoring of the PACT Teaching Event

Candidates Who Do Not Pass the Teaching Event


Chapter 3: Understanding Academic Language

The Role of Academic Language in the PACT Teaching Event

Challenges in Teaching Academic Language

Examples of Academic Language vs. Simplified Language

How Experts Define and Describe Academic Language

Why Students Struggle with Academic Language

Academic Language Strategies for Candidates in the PACT Teaching Event

Questions about Academic Language Candidates Must Address

Examples of Candidate Responses to Academic Language in the Teaching Event

Brief Analysis of Vignettes

Assisting Candidates with Academic Language


Chapter 4: Scoring the PACT Teaching Event

The 12 Areas of the PACT Rubric

Using the 12 Items of the PACT Scoring Form in Multiple and Single Subjects

Remediation Opportunities for Candidates Who Do Not Pass PACT

Appeals Procedure for Candidates Who Do Not Pass the Teaching Event

Training PACT Scorers

Defining Levels 1-4 on the PACT Teaching Event Scoring Form

The Big Ideas Behind the Rubric

Additional Information in the Scoring Form

Numerical Scores and Commentary in the Scoring Form

Examples of Candidates’ Scores Level 1-4 from the Teaching Event

Brief Analysis of Vignettes

The Role of Bias in Scoring the Teaching Event

Acquiring the PACT Teaching Event Scoring Form

Research Basis for the PACT Scoring Form


Chapter 5: Next Steps

Additional Issues for Further Study


Appendix A: The Big Ideas Behind the Rubrics

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