Welcome! As a leadership preparation candidate in one of Massachusetts' preparation routes, you will need to meet the requirements established for the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL) in order to obtain your initial leadership license. The PAL assessment is designed to provide clear evidence of your readiness for initial school leadership work.

This section provides assessment materials, participation guidelines, policies, a schedule of important dates, a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other useful resources.

PAL Schedule

  • Submission deadlines and score report dates


  • Requirements for participation in the PAL


  • The Candidate Assessment Handbook, templates, and system user guides

Requesting Alternative Arrangements

  • Policies for alternative arrangements

Registration and Submission

  • Register and review submission information


  • Access your PAL scores and testing history

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Candidate FAQs about the PAL

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