PACT

Overview

The Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) Teaching Event is a portfolio assessment built around a careful analysis of 3-5 days of your student teaching completed during your final semester in the program. It is the capstone assignment for the program and is required by the state for a credential. 

The teaching event includes a collection of artifacts (lesson plans, student work, and video) created during student teaching, accompanied by written commentaries that provide the context and rationales needed to understand and interpret the artifacts. It consists of 5 integrated tasks - Context, Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection. Each of the five tasks is based on a set of guiding questions and corresponding rubrics. These guiding questions prompt you to make connections between the different teaching tasks, and to provide evidence to illustrate your knowledge and skills in teaching. Academic Language has been added as a separate scoring category drawing from evidence across all of the tasks but scored on two separate rubrics.

PACT Website

Please visit the SJSU PACT website for essential resources, including:

  • Deadlines
  • Teaching Event Handbooks
  • Scoring rubrics
  • Parent Consent Forms (in English, Spanish and Vietnamese)
  • Helpful tips ("Making Good Decisions")  
  • Technical support
  • Policies
  • Office Hours

Scoring

There are a total of twelve rubrics used by scorers to define the depth and complexity of a candidate's instruction and commentary. Each rubric defines four performance levels, describing practice that requires improvement (1), adequate beginning teacher practice (2), strong beginning teacher practice (3) and exemplary teaching practice (4). Candidates then receive a holistic score (based upon their performance across the tasks) which determines whether or not the candidate has passed the performance assessment.  A score of 2 is considered passing on each task.  

Please refer to the PACT office's remediation policy for information on passing scores and remediation.

Submitting PACT

Students must submit the PACT Teaching Event to the PACT office (located in Sweeney Hall 108) by the posted submission deadline during their final semester of student teaching.

Requests for extensions must be filed formally with the PACT Office by the extension deadline (generally two weeks before the submission deadline).  Extension requests will be reviewed and granted at the discretion of the PACT coordinator.

Failure to meet the deadline for submitting or remediating the PACT Teaching Event will result in administrative academic disqualification.  See Senate Policy S10-6 (pdf).

Results Report

Results of the PACT Teaching Event are reported to candidates in an email from the PACT office.  For candidates who have passed the teaching event, a certificate of completion will be attached to the email.  Please print the Certificate of Completion to include in the credential application you submit to the Credentials Office.  Candidates who have not passed must meet with the PACT coordinator to develop a remediation plan and timeline.  Candidates who do not receive a passing score on their remediation will not be recommended for a credential by SJSU.

PACT Policies

The Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) Teaching Event is a teacher performance assessment built around a careful analysis of 3-5 days of your student teaching completed during your final semester in the program. It is the capstone assignment for the program and is required by the state for a credential. Candidates must submit a passing score on the PACT Teaching Event to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in order to apply for a preliminary credential.  Candidates cannot apply for a credential without a passing score on the PACT Teaching Event.

Submission Deadlines

Students must submit the PACT Teaching Event to the PACT office (located in Sweeney Hall 108) by the posted submission deadline during their final semester of student teaching. Requests for extensions must be filed formally with the PACT Office by the extension deadline (generally two weeks before the submission deadline). Extension requests will be reviewed and granted at the discretion of the PACT coordinator. Failure to meet the deadline for submitting or remediating the PACT Teaching Event will result in administrative academic disqualification.

Scoring

PACT Teaching Events are evaluated by trained scorers using the scoring rubrics available on the PACT website. There are a total of twelve rubrics used by scorers to define the depth and complexity of a candidate's instruction and commentary. Each rubric defines four performance levels describing practice that requires improvement (1), adequate beginning teacher practice (2), strong beginning teacher practice (3) and exemplary teaching practice (4). Candidates then receive a holistic score (based upon their performance across the tasks) which determines whether or not the candidate has passed the performance assessment. A score of 2 or higher is required to pass each task. A candidate will NOT PASS the teaching event if they have three or more "1's" throughout the teaching event.

All non-passing Teaching Events are scored a second time. If the two scorers agree that the Teaching Event (TE) does not meet standards for passing, a plan will be developed for remediation. If the two scorers disagree either a third scorer scores the entire TE or just the non-passing task(s) depending on the degree of agreement and the number of non-passing tasks as determined by the PACT Coordinator.

Remediation

For all non-passing TE's, the PACT Coordinator will consult with a department representative (the Program Coordinator, Department Chair or an Assessment Committee member), and/or a field representative (the cooperating teacher, assigned university supervisor, or an alternate supervisor) before meeting with the candidate to see if there are any extenuating circumstances. A remediation plan will be developed based on the PACT remediation policy guidelines. This meeting with the candidate will be planned within 7 calendar days of the second scoring of a "failed" Teaching Event. The meeting will be canceled if the double/triple scoring results in a pass.

The PACT Coordinator will attempt to assign a pro-bono adviser to each candidate. If no adviser is available, then the PACT Coordinator will serve in that role. The adviser meets with the candidate, discusses the work and feedback, and explains the remediation plan including deadlines for resubmitting.

Upon completion, resubmitted sections are scored. Candidates will have a maximum of 6 months from the date of their original submission to submit their PACT remediation work for scoring. Any work submitted after that time will be scored at the discretion of the appropriate College of Education department chair. (Note: any extensions must be approved at least two weeks prior to the remediation due date). If the task(s) are again scored as non-passing, they are again double-scored. If the candidate does not pass after submitting the Teaching Event a second time, the candidate does not pass the Teaching Event requirement and will be disqualified from the program under the university's administrative academic disqualification policy.