What Principal Mentors Should Know About PASL

If you’re a principal mentor, there’s some new changes in the certification process that you need to know about. There are now three performance assessments an aspiring principal must complete, known as the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL). Watch our video or read the transcript to learn more about the assessment.


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Sarah Reuwsaat

Hello, my name is Sarah Reuwsaat, and I’m the coordinator of administrator quality at Region 13.

Lori Einfalt

And my name is Lori Einfalt. I serve as the director of the MEd program at Concordia University. And we’re here today to help you better understand what will be required to support the aspiring leader that you are mentoring.

Sarah Reuwsaat

The new principal standards, adopted in 2016, have an increased emphasis on instructional leadership. The domains and competencies that are assessed in the new certification process have all been revised to provide a laser-like focus on instruction and student achievement.

With these new standards, the state now has two requirements for principal candidates. Unlike those of us who prepared in the past, today’s aspiring leaders will also be expected to complete three authentic performance assessments.

Lori Einfalt

So we’re going to talk to you today about the PASL, because your candidates will need your advocacy and guidance in order to be successful. So let’s take a deeper look at these performance assessments for school leaders.

PASL number one asked the candidates to address and resolve a significant problem or challenge in their school that influences instructional practice and student learning. This should be done in collaboration with you, their campus mentor. The selection of a significant problem or challenge on campus should be supported by the use of longitudinal data. And as mentor, one of the ways that you can help your administrative intern is to provide access to as much longitudinal data as possible, such as student academic performance, teacher observation data, discipline data, student attendance, things of that sort.

Sarah Reuwsaat

The next step, after you and the intern come to agreement about the problem area to be addressed, is for the intern to develop a plan for improvement, and for the intern to become more of an expert on the best practices regarding the identified problem area.

As mentor, you will guide the student with action planning and time management for execution. Ultimately, the intern will create a comprehensive timeline, describing every step they plan to take…

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Sarah is the Coordinator of Administrator Quality here at ESC Region 13.

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