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PPAT: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)

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Program Description

PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: PPAT

The PPAT evaluates test takers on their abilities to impact student learning as it relates to the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, demonstrating that they have the basic pedagogical content knowledge and application for the classroom to begin teaching as an entry-level teacher. It is designed to develop more effective teachers in the classroom, identify strengths and areas for improvement of practice, allow student teachers to continually refine their teaching practices, and contribute to a development plan for professional growth in the profession. 

Experience and Skills

*Please be sure to upload your resume and teaching credentials with your application. 

Teacher Qualifications*

Currently holds a valid and renewable teaching certificate in either:

  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Social Science

 Must be accompanied by a certification and fluency in American Sign Language (ASL), is currently teaching, and:

  • has three years’ experience as an Elementary Education, Special Education or Social Science educator, or
  • is designated as a cooperating teacher or mentor by a school district or educator preparation program, or
  • Has retired from teaching/serving as an Elementary Education, Special Education or Social Science educator within the last three years and, when teaching/serving, held a valid state certificate and met the bulleted sub-requirements of #1.

ASL Qualifications*

Qualified educator raters will need to have a current certification and fluency in American Sign Language in addition to a current and valid teaching certificate in one of the subject areas listed above.

Program Provider Faculty Qualifications*

  • Currently a faculty member (inclusive of deans, department chairs, directors, etc.) at a state-approved educator preparation program provider (public or private college, community college, or university, Regional Education Service Agency, Local Education Agency, or other organization), or has retired within the last four years and
  • Prepares or has prepared teacher candidates and/or supervises beginning teachers appropriate for the Pre-Service Teacher Assessment.

 Requirements for Raters:

  • Be able to score from secure home or office locations and have the necessary Internet-based scoring equipment. For security reasons, raters cannot use shared office computers, or work in public areas where information may be accidentally viewed, i.e. airport terminal, hotel lobby, Internet cafe, etc.
  • Provide their own computer and ensure that all hardware and software is in good working order. 
  • Meet agreed-upon commitments to the scoring schedule and devote their full attention to the scoring process during each session. 
  • Have a phone line that can make and receive calls while you are connected to the internet. 
  • Have call waiting or voicemail.

Training:

Approved Rater applicants are trained to score two out of the three Tasks. Training is done via self-paced modules where applicants will get access to an interactive tutorial Web site that provides:

  • Information on the PPAT assessment
  • Instruction in the PPAT scoring process, including general principles of holistic scoring; specific criteria of the PPAT Scoring Guides; guidelines for applying the scoring criteria to individual responses; and the use of topic-specific reference materials to practice in scoring actual PPAT responses
  • Internet scoring software instruction
  • Internet scoring procedures and policies
  • Training for the first Task will take about 18 hours to complete. This can be completed across a period of 10 days, in blocks of at least 2 hours at a time.
  • Then training for the second Task will take about an additional 12 hours to complete. This can also be completed across a period of 10 days, in blocks of at least 2 hours at a time.
  • At the conclusion of training for each Task there is a certification* test that perspective raters must pass in order to score the PPAT assessment. If you have passed certification for a particular Task, you are then eligible to score for that Task.

*There are separate certification expiration policies for each Task: A Rater must score at least once within a 1 year period to remain certified for a particular Task. 

Scoring:

Training and certification are compensated at the rate of $11.05 per hour and scoring is compensated at the rate of $20.36 per hour.

Raters begin each scoring session by practice scoring at least one response, helping them "calibrate" their judgments against the PPAT rubrics for the appropriate Task. This process is designed to provide fair and accurate scoring.

Raters should plan to work and will be asked to submit their availability in 4, 6, or 8 hour shifts through the 20 day scoring period, for a total of 30 to 50 hours depending on test taker volume.

There are two large administrations each year for all Tasks: approximately March–mid May and October–mid December. There also may be smaller administrations in January and June depending on test taker volume.

Rater positions are available based upon test taker volumes. Submitting an application does not automatically constitute your employment as a Rater. ETS reserves the right to withdraw an invitation prior to the scheduled reading session based upon business needs.

Scoring Session Information:

The PPAT assessment consists of three Tasks that require examinees to provide written commentaries responding to a series of guiding prompts that reflect the work teachers actually perform within the classroom. Written commentaries are 5-6 pages in length. In addition, each Task requires the submission of artifacts that reinforce and enhance the written commentaries.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

*These are the standard requirements, please review for any updates or changes.

The following minimum computer requirements are necessary in order to use the ETS ONE® System:

  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0, Windows 10 (as of 9/25/15), or Macintosh OSX
  • Browsers: Windows (Firefox 7.0 or higher, Chrome 24 or higher); Macintosh (Safari 5.0 or higher). Edge browser cannot be used.
  • JavaScript must be enabled.
  • Cookies must be enabled.
  • Pop-up blocker must be disabled.
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 or higher must be installed
  • Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher must be installed.
  • Adobe Reader add-on/plug-in must be enabled in browser.
  • Screen Resolution: The ONE application is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1400 x 1050 or higher. The minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768. At this resolution, the user may need to scroll to view the entire page.
  • Internet speed of 2mbps
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) - Download java and enable plug-in
  • Download java - http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
  • Verify java http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp
  • Popup Blocker: Popup Blocker must be disabled
  • Windows Media Player 9.x or higher
  • Codec to play audio responses.
  • A phone line that can make and receive calls while you are connected to the internet
  • Call waiting or voicemail

Rater positions are available based upon test taker volumes. Submitting an application does not automatically constitute your employment as a Rater. ETS reserves the right to withdraw an invitation prior to the scheduled reading session based upon business needs.

 

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of Women and Minorities.

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is a Drug-free workplace.

A Recruitment team member will contact individuals having problems with accessibility or requesting accommodations within 2 business days to provide assistance and/or the information being sought.

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