MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION WITH TEACHING CREDENTIAL
Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)
What is PACT?
Pepperdine University is a proud member of PACT (Performance Assessment for California Teachers). PACT is a consortium of teacher preparation programs at 30 universities, 1 district internship program, and 1 charter school network, which 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 a Teaching Event completed during the teacher candidates’ semester of student teaching. Single Subject (secondary) candidates complete the Teaching Event in their content area. Multiple Subject (elementary) candidates complete the Literacy Teaching Event and three additional Content Area Tasks (CATs) so that they are assessed in each of the core content areas (mathematics, history-social science, and science) taught in elementary schools. The Teaching Event and CATs measure the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), which are teaching standards for California student teachers.
Required PACT Support Documents:
Teaching Event Handbook
The Teaching Event Handbooks contain the instructions and writing prompts that you
need to complete the PACT Teaching Event. Please use this link below to find your
Teaching Event Handbook. Then, please print it, read it, and write notes and/or questions
*Multiple Subject Candidates use the Elementary Literacy Handbook.
* Single Subject Candidates use the content area in which they are completing their student teaching Phase 2/3. All Foreign Languages use World Languages.
PACT website - Teaching Event Handbooks
These are the source of how you will be scored, so think of them as the MEAT of the
PACT. Please concentrate on the language of the rubrics as you complete your teaching
event. Be sure to look at the footnotes on the rubrics that include them.
PACT website - Rubrics
Making Good Choices
This is a fantastic support guide to help you with your PACT Teaching Event.
PACT website - Support Documents
Required Links and Documents:
Useful Links and Information:
Here is a useful link to better explain what scorers will be looking for in regards
to Academic Language. Look beneath the first three supporting documents to find this
information on this page.
PACT website - Support Documents
Educational Psychologists, Theorists, Researchers, and Authors (from CSUN PACT information page)
- Elliot Aronson (cognitive dissonance theory)
- David Ausubel (subsumption theory, advance organizers)
- Albert Bandura (social cognitive theory and self-efficacy)
- James Banks (multiethnic education)
- Alfred Binet (measurement of intelligence)
- Benjamin Bloom (classification of educational objectives and to the theory of mastery-learning)
- Ann Brown (guided discovery, metacognition)
- John D. Bransford (how people learn)
- Jerome Bruner (cognitive learning theory, philosophy of education, discovery learning)
- Linda Darling-Hammond (restructuring, teacher education, and educational equity.)
- John Dewey (pragmatism, educational progressivism)
- John Flavell (metacognition)
- Neil Flemming (VARK; Learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Reading, Kinesthetic)
- Paulo Freire (critical pedagogy)
- Robert Gagné (conditions of learning, computer based learning)
- Howard Gardner (theory of multiple intelligences)
- Donna Golnick (multicultural education)
- Anthony Gregorc (student learning styles)
- David Kolb (experiential learning theory)
- C. Bonwell (active learning)
- Maria Montessori (absorbent mind, child centered alternative educational method for children)
- Sonia Nieto (multiculturalism)
- Seymour Papert (cognitive science, constructionism, discovery learning, asynchronous learning)
- Jean Piaget, (theory of development, genetic epistemology, constructivism, discovery learning)
- Lee Schulman (pedagogical content knowledge)
- Lev S. Vygotsky (social cognition, distinction between lower and higher mental functions)
- Robert Yager (science/technology/society)
Video Uploading Help
Here is some information about uploading and compressing the video into TaskStream.
The first part gives instructions for PC users, and if you scroll down, instructions
are given for MAC users.
Compressing Video for TaskStream
Information regarding video consent and release forms
All teacher candidates must ensure that your students CAN be video-taped. Most school districts now have parents sign a consent form at the beginning of each school year. Your FIRST step is to ask your Master Teacher if there are students in your class that CANNOT be video-taped. If there are students who cannot be video-taped, please make sure that these students are NOT in your video. In the rare event that the school does not have this information on hand for you, please speak to your Director of Student Teaching.
Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE's)
TPE's are a set of 13 standards that describe what California teachers need to know and be able to do as part of qualifying for a Preliminary Credential. All of the PACT requirements are based upon the TPEs. A complete list of the TPEs is listed on the back of your Teaching Event Handbook. Here is a link to an "At a Glance" explanation of TPE's posted by UCSB.
Subscribing to TaskStream
Most of our candidates subscribe to TaskStream during Phase 1 of student teaching. This is the program that you will upload your Embedded Signature Assignments to, as well as your PACT Teaching Event in Phase 2.
Each semester our teacher candidates are given a "code" (by your Director of Student Teaching or PACT Coordinator) to input AFTER they subscribe to TaskStream. In Phase 1 you are given a code to load the courses that have the Embedded Signature Assignments. If you are in the one year program, it costs less to subscribe for one year. In Phase 2 you are given another code (by your Director of Student Teaching or PACT Coordinator) that will load the templates to complete your PACT Teaching Event.
Here is a PowerPoint created to give instructions on subscribing to TaskStream. Click on the forward arrows for each slide to get detailed, step-by-step instructions. Please go to taskstream.com first.