The Performance Assessment is a multiple measure assessment in the professional area of licensure and certification to ensure that novice educators can demonstrate application of content, pedagogy skills, and reflective practice (adopted pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 12). The performance assessment is not a multiple choice assessment; it is a form of testing that requires new educators to perform a task rather than select an answer from a ready-made list. The Performance Assessment enables new educators to show what they know can do, rather than what they have memorized.
Educators who have less than one year of credentialed teaching experience are required to pass an approved Performance Assessment within two years of being hired and issued a Delaware initial teaching license. However, educators who teach in a vocational trade and industry field as a “Skilled and Technical Sciences” or “STS” will have six years to complete the Performance Assessment.
This Performance Assessment page includes the following sections:
- Approved Delaware Performance Assessments
- Delaware Exemptions
- Performance Assessment Additional Information
Delaware exempts certain certification areas by law and will not require completion of a Performance Assessment. This exemption applies only to the below list of Standard Certificates:
- Elementary School Counselor
- Secondary School Counselor
- Driver Education and Traffic Safety Education Teacher
- Reading Specialist
- School Nurse
- School Psychologist
- School Social Worker
Performance Assessments Additional Information
- Delaware added the Performance Assessment requirement for initial teacher licensure as of December 15, 2016.
- Educators who have less than one year of credentialed teaching experience applying for Delaware initial teaching licensure after December 15, 2016, are required to complete an approved Performance Assessment.
- If you did not take or pass a Delaware-approved Performance Assessment Test during your educator preparation program while you were in college, please speak with your HR department to ensure that you are preparing for the appropriate test.
- If you took a Delaware-approved Performance Assessment (edTPA or PPAT) during your educator preparation program, your official scores should be sent to the Delaware Department of Education or to your HR Department.
- If you took the PPAT Performance Assessment with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and you are arranging for official scores to be sent, visit the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website and provide the Delaware Department of Education’s Reporting Code: R7065.
- If you took the edTPA Performance Assessment with Pearson and you are arranging for official scores to be sent, visit the edTPA website and click “Candidates” in the top navigation and provide the Delaware Department of Education’s Reporting Code: R7065.
- If you took another State’s created and approved Performance Assessment and are arranging for scores to be sent, you should contact the state governing body for education in which you took the assessment and arrange to have the scores officially sent to the Delaware Department of Education.
- Scores must be received officially, meaning they must be sent electronically or must be received in an approved, unopened envelope.