Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL)
The Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL) is an alternative licensure program for Massachusetts teachers who are ready to advance from a Preliminary license to an Initial license. The program is Route 4 in the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval adopted in 2001. Class Measures administers this program on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). In order to successfully complete this program, teachers must demonstrate that they are satisfactorily meeting the standards detailed in the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) published by the ESE.
Class Measures has been the sole provider of PRPIL since its inception in 2003. In that time, PRPIL has grown from an initial cohort of 25 teachers to its current size of over 300 teachers per year. More than 2,000 teachers have now earned their Initial license through PRPIL.
Massachusetts' teachers holding a Preliminary license are expected to advance to an Initial license during their fourth or fifth year of teaching in the license subject area.* Because teachers holding a Preliminary license have not yet completed a student teaching practicum accepted by the state, PRPIL is designed to offer a framework for demonstrating that they hold the pedagogical skills required to remain in the classroom (as described in the Preservice Performance Assessment [PPA]). This framework includes a prerequisite requirement of 120 hours of training in pedagogy.
*Please Note: A Preliminary license is good for 5 years of full-time teaching beginning in the month in which you actually begin teaching. For part-time teachers, progress toward the five year mark is prorated accordingly. For further clarification please contact the Class Measures office or the ESE Office of Educator Licensure.
Teachers enrolled in PRPIL are assessed based on the two main components of the program: the portfolio and classroom observations. All assessments are guided by two documents published by the ESE:
Throughout the program, teachers work with the support of two experienced educators: a mentor chosen by the teacher and an Instructional Consultant recruited and trained by Class Measures. The teacher, mentor, and Instructional Consultant work together to complete a total of six classroom observations (three with the mentor and three with the Instructional Consultant). Each enrolled teacher also compiles a portfolio. Portfolios include a one-page reflection for each standard in the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) and at least one piece of hard evidence for each indicator (or sub-indicator where applicable) in each standard. The goal is to demonstrate that the teacher is exhibiting competence in the standards through his/her regular classroom teaching.
Once a teacher is accepted into PRPIL, he/she follows the following steps through the program.
Step One - Draft Portfolio
The teacher submits a draft portfolio to the Instructional Consultant and mentor for initial feedback.
Step Two - Classroom Observations
The Instructional Consultant and mentor each observe the teacher three times in his/her classroom. Observations must be at least four weeks apart. They may observe the teacher at the same time, but it is not required that they do so. Additional professional development may be recommended if all standards are not fully met. During this time, the Instructional Consultant and mentor provide ongoing feedback to the teacher regarding portfolio improvements.
Step Three - Revised Portfolio
After revising the portfolio according to the feedback received, the teacher resubmits the revised portfolio to the Instructional Consultant and mentor. They may provide additional suggestions for improvement if needed.
Step Four - Final Assessment
Guided by the PPA form, the Instructional Consultant and mentor review the teacher's overall performance and make a final determination regarding whether or not to endorse the teacher for an Initial license. If they disagree, a mediator designated by Class Measures is assigned to determine the outcome. All parties meet to complete and sign the PPA form. The final portfolio is submitted to the Class Measures office for review. Additional evidence may be requested if needed.
For further details regarding individual aspects of the program, please see below.
Prospective applicants must meet all of the following requirements in order to be eligible for PRPIL:
1. Hold a Preliminary license in one or more of the following license areas and grade levels:
- Biology (5-8; 8-12)
- Business (5-12)
- Chemistry (5-8; 8-12)
- Dance (All)
- Earth Science (5-8; 8-12)
- English (5-8; 8-12)
- English as a Second Language (ESL), ELL (PreK-6; 5-12)
- Foreign Language (PreK-6; 5-12)
- General Science (5-8)
- Health/Family and Consumer Sciences (All)
- History (5-8; 8-12)
- Instructional Technology (All)
- Latin and Classical Humanities (5-12)
- Mathematics (5-8; 8-12)
- Middle School: Humanities (5-8)
- Middle School: Mathematics/Science (5-8)
- Music: Vocal/Instrumental/General (All)
- Physical Education (PreK-8; 5-12)
- Physics (5-8; 8-12)
- Political Science/Political Philosophy (5-8; 8-12)
- Speech (All)
- Technology/Engineering (5-12)
- Theater (All)
- Visual Art (PreK-8; 5-12)
Please note: At this time Class Measures is not able to advance the following licenses:
- Academically Advanced (PreK-8)
- Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (PreK-2)
- Elementary (1-6)
- Library (All)
- Reading (All)
- Speech/Language/Hearing Disorders (All)
- Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8; 5-12)
- Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All)
- Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (All)
- Teacher of the Visually Impaired (All)
2. Have completed at least two years of teaching in the area and level of Preliminary licensure. Teachers applying during their third year cannot be endorsed for the Initial license until the end of their third year.
3. Have completed 120 hours of educational coursework or training related to the pedagogy of teaching. Please note, for the purposes of this program:
- The ESE has determined that all 3 and 4 credit undergraduate/graduate EDUC courses are 45 hours, regardless of the institution's course hours. Each PDP equals 1 hour.
- A combination of undergraduate/graduate course credits and PDPs can be used to reach the 120 hour requirement.
- For course credits, please provide a transcript. For PDPs, please provide copies of your PDP certificates or an official list of PDPs from a district administrator.
- All training hours must be in pedagogy. This includes differentiated instruction, classroom management, skillful teaching, incorporating technology in the classroom, MELA-O trainings, and other pedagogical topics. The training does not need to be subject area specific.
- See Earn Professional Development Points for an opportunity to earn PDPs through online courses offered by Knowledge Delivery Systems.
4. Come from a district in which there is no Alternative/Practice-Based Licensure Program for the relevant subject area and/or grade level, or in which the Alternative/Practice-Based Licensure Program is not readily available to the candidate.
5. Be currently teaching in the subject and grade level of the Preliminary license being advanced.
6. Find a mentor who holds an Initial or Professional license in the same subject area and grade level.
7. Be recommended by his/her current principal.
8. For Music Teachers Only: Be able to present evidence verifying all subject matter topics listed in the Subject Matter Knowledge for Music document.
Teachers from public, private, parochial, and collaborative schools, as well as state facilities, are welcome to apply to the program if they meet all above eligibility requirements.
If you are unsure whether you meet the above eligibility requirements, please contact our office at 781-939-5699 for further clarification.
Please note that acceptance into our program does not guarantee Initial licensure. Refunds are not awarded if you are unable to meet the program requirements.
As of July 1, 2014 your ability to advance to an Initial license may be impacted by the state?s new RETELL requirement. Please check with an administrator to find out when this requirement will impact your district.
+ Instructional Consultants
The Instructional Consultant (IC) is an experienced educator recruited and trained by Class Measures. The IC works in conjunction with the mentor to provide support for the teacher throughout the program. The IC serves as the teacher's primary resource for guidance during the program.
All Instructional Consultants have the following minimum qualifications:
- Possession of a Professional teaching license in Massachusetts;
- Possession of a Masters Degree or National Board Certification;
- Minimum three years teaching experience.
Instructional Consultants must apply for the position with Class Measures and attend periodic training sessions offered by Class Measures.
For information on becoming an Instructional Consultant please see Consulting Opportunities.
Instructional Consultant Responsibilities
The Instructional Consultant (IC) serves as the teacher's guide through the program by providing support, answering questions, and giving guidance/feedback as needed. The IC also works with the mentor to evaluate the teacher's ability to meet the standards detailed in the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) as part of their daily teaching habits.. Evaluation takes place in four steps.
Step One - Draft Portfolio
The IC reviews the teacher's draft portfolio using the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) form, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Step Two - Classroom Observations
The IC observes the teacher three times in his/her classroom. Observations must be at least four weeks apart. Each observation should include:
1. A pre-observation meeting;
2. A post-observation meeting including verbal feedback; and
3. A written Classroom Observation Report provided within a reasonable time frame after the observation.
During this time, the IC should be providing ongoing feedback to the teacher regarding portfolio improvements.
Step Three - Revised Portfolio
The IC reviews the teacher's revised portfolio, providing additional suggestions for improvement if needed.
Step Four - Final Assessment
The IC reviews the teacher's overall performance with the mentor and makes a final determination regarding whether or not to endorse the teacher for an Initial license. If the mentor and IC disagree, a mediator designated by Class Measures is assigned to determine the outcome. The Instructional Consultant is responsible for sending the completed PPA form (with original signatures from all parties) to the Class Measures office.
For the purposes of this program, a mentor is a fellow educator chosen by the participating teacher during the application process. The mentor works in conjunction with the Instructional Consultant to provide support for the teacher throughout the program. The mentor receives 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) when the teacher successfully completes the program.
A potential mentor must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Possession of an Initial or Professional teaching license in Massachusetts, preferably in the subject area of the teacher's Preliminary license;
- High quality standing within the district, including the support of the teacher's principal; and
- Commitment to fulfilling all Mentor Responsibilities as outlined below.
All mentors are required to fulfill the following responsibilities while participating in PRPIL.
1. Provide general support to the teacher, including guidance and feedback as needed.
2. Provide assistance with the teacher's portfolio as needed.
3. Observe the teacher in his/her classroom three times with verbal feedback following each observation.
4. Work with a Class Measures Instructional Consultant to evaluate the teacher's ability to meet the standards detailed in the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) as part of their daily teaching habits. Evaluation takes place in four steps.
Step One - Draft Portfolio
Step Two - Classroom Observations
Step Three - Revised Portfolio
Step Four - Final Assessment
The mentor reviews the teacher's draft portfolio using the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) form, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement.
The mentor observes the teacher three times in his/her classroom, providing verbal feedback following each observation. During classroom observations the mentor looks for general pedagogical skills, as well as evidence relating to the License Specific Evaluation Questions detailed in pages 13-44 of the Guidelines for the Preservice Performance Assessment. (See Portfolios for additional information.)
Following successful completion of the classroom observations, the mentor documents the teacher's competence in the relevant License Specific Evaluation Questions. This acts as the teacher's portfolio evidence for Standard B, Indicator 2(c).
During this time, the mentor provides ongoing feedback to the teacher regarding portfolio improvements.
The mentor reviews the teacher's revised portfolio, providing additional suggestions for improvement if needed.
The mentor reviews the teacher's overall performance with the Instructional Consultant and makes a final determination regarding whether or not to endorse the teacher for an Initial license. If the mentor and Instructional Consultant disagree, a mediator designated by Class Measures is assigned to determine the outcome.
+ Classroom Observations
The mentor and Instructional Consultant must each observe the teacher in his/her classroom three times. Both observers may visit at the same time, or they may visit at different times. All observations should be scheduled ahead of time. Observations are one class period in length (approximately 45-60 minutes). Prior to the observation the teacher should provide the observer with a copy of the lesson plan being used as well as any other materials requested.
Each observation includes both pre- and post-observation meetings. The post-observation meeting includes immediate verbal feedback, as well as clarification of questions that arose during the observation. Instructional Consultants also provide written feedback in the form of a Classroom Observation Report within a reasonable timeframe following the observation.
All teachers in the PRPIL program are required to compile a portfolio of evidence demonstrating competence in the standards detailed in the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA). At the end of the program, the portfolio is submitted to the Class Measures office for review. Portfolios must include:
1. A one-page personal reflection for each standard, and
2. At least one piece of hard evidence for each indicator or sub-indicator.
Please view this Power Point presentation for useful instructions regarding the development of your portfolio. Additional details regarding the portfolio can be found in the written sections below
Portfolios can be submitted in either paper or electronic format.
Paper Portfolios - Paper portfolios should be submitted in a 3-ring binder with all sections clearly delineated and labeled. Accompanying evidence should also be clearly labeled. Paper portfolios can be mailed or dropped off at the office. They will be mailed back to the teacher at no additional charge when the review is complete.
Note: At this time, electronic portfolios are not yet available through the Class Measures website. We anticipate that they will be available shortly. Please call our office for more information.
Electronic Portfolios - Electronic portfolios can be created through the Class Measures website. After logging in, go to the E-Portfolio tab for further instructions. Teachers also have the option of creating an electronic portfolio on a CD/DVD/USB flash drive or using another web host available to them. Please note that Class Measures can only provide technical support for electronic portfolios created through the Class Measures website. Electronic portfolios on CD/DVD/USB flash drive will not be returned unless specifically requested. We recommend that teachers using a web-based portfolio keep a copy on their computer as well.
The first two items in all portfolios should be a copy of Pages 1 and 6 of the PPA form.
All PRPIL portfolios must be organized around the standards detailed in the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA). Each standard, indicator, and sub-indicator should have its own section with its own evidence. For paper portfolios, these sections should be clearly delineated from other sections with labeled dividers.
The section for each standard should include a photocopy of the relevant page(s) from the PPA form (pages 2-3, 4-6, 7, 8, or 9-10) with all evidence listed in the right hand column. A set of pre-labeled dividers can be purchased from Class Measures for $25.00. Please contact our office if you are interested.
Therefore, the portfolio should be organized as follows (each bullet is its own section in the portfolio):
Pages 1 & 11 of PPA (photocopy)
- Reflection for Standard A
- Pages 2-3 of PPA
- Indicator A1 (evidence)
- Indicator A2 (evidence)
- Indicator A3 (evidence)
- Indicator A4 (evidence)
- Indicator A5 (evidence)
- Indicator A6 (evidence)
- Indicator A7 (evidence)
- Indicator A8 (evidence)
- Indicator A9 (evidence)
- Reflection for Standard B
- Pages 4-6 of PPA
- Indicator B1a (evidence)
- Indicator B1b (evidence)
- Indicator B1c (evidence)
- Indicator B1d (evidence)
- Indicator B2a (evidence)
- Indicator B2b (evidence)
- Indicator B2c (provided by the mentor)
- Indicator B2d (evidence)
- Indicator B2e (evidence)
- Indicator B2f (evidence)
- Indicator B2g (evidence)
- Indicator B2h (evidence)
- Indicator B3a (evidence)
- Indicator B3b (evidence)
- Indicator B3c (evidence)
- Indicator B4a (evidence)
- Indicator B4b (evidence)
- Reflection for Standard C
- Page 7 of PPA
- Indicator C1 (evidence)
- Indicator C2 (evidence)
- Indicator C3 (evidence)
- Indicator C4 (evidence)
- Reflection for Standard D
- Page 8 of PPA
- Indicator D1 (evidence)
- Indicator D2 (evidence)
- Indicator D3 (evidence)
- Indicator D4 (evidence)
- Indicator D5 (evidence)
- Reflection for Standard E
- Pages 9-10 of PPA
- Indicator E1 (evidence)
- Indicator E2 (evidence)
- Indicator E3 (evidence)
- Indicator E4 (evidence)
- Indicator E5 (evidence)
- Indicator E6 (evidence)
- Indicator E7 (evidence)
In addition to evidence, portfolios must include a separate one-page personal reflection for each of the five main standards (A-E). Reflections are not necessary for each indicator. Personal reflections should be included at the beginning of the relevant standard's section in the portfolio.
Each personal reflection should focus on the topic of the standard for which it is written. For each topic, the reflection should first touch upon the teacher's thoughts as he/she started teaching and then the changes and growth that have occurred over the teacher's time in the classroom. Lastly, the reflection should address how the teacher hopes to grow in this area in the future.
The Preservice Performance Assesment (PPA) is made up of five main standards as well as their accompanying indicators and sub-indicators. The Standards are based upon general pedagogical skills, and thus apply to teachers in all subject areas and grade levels. The five main standards are:
- Standard A: Plans Curriculum and Instruction
- Standard B: Delivers Effective Instruction
- Standard C: Manages Classroom Climate and Operation
- Standard D: Promotes Equity
- Standard E: Meets Professional Responsibilities
The indicators and sub-indicators can be found on pages 2-10 of the PPA form.
The PPA Form
The Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) form incorporates the five standards, their indicators, and their sub-indicators into a format that allows for assessment of the portfolio and classroom performance. The teacher should complete the top parts of Page 1 and complete the evidence lists on Pages 2-10. The Instructional Consultant will then add summary ratings and comments. A hard copy with original signatures/initials will be submitted to the Class Measures office by the Instructional Consultant.
The PPA form can be downloaded in Word format at the top of this page. Teachers who use the Class Measures website to create an electronic portfolio will be able to print a mostly completed PPA form when they are finished. Please note that it will still need some information (social security number, etc.) as well as signatures and initials before it is ready to be submitted to Class Measures.
The ESE has published an official document called Pre-service Performance Assessment: Guidelines for Teachers. This document provides a list of guiding questions for use in determining whether or not evidence meets the standard. Please note that the submitted portfolio evidence does not need to address every single guiding question in the Guidelines. The guiding questions are intended to clarify the meaning of the various indicators and sub-indicators.
License-Specific Evaluation Questions for all subject areas are found in Appendix C (pages xxii-liv) of the Guidelines. These questions serve as the only evidence needed for Standard B, Indicator 2c. The mentor should check the appropriate box for each question, then sign and date the original. This original signed copy should be included in the portfolio in section B2c.
Portfolios should include at least one piece of "hard" evidence for each indicator or sub-indicator as verification that the teacher is competent in that pedagogical skill and using it in his/her classroom.
There are many forms of evidence that can be included in portfolios. We encourage teachers to be creative in determining what materials to include as evidence. Types of evidence frequently used in portfolios include:
- Lesson plans/units (with frameworks identified)
- Copies of programs or flyers from student events/performances
- Student work
- Letters from colleagues, parents, or students
- Teacher handbooks
- Letters of recommendation
- Copies from plan books
- IEPs (identifying information removed)
- Homework assignments
- Certification of completion of workshops, seminars, professional development, etc.
- Observation reports from IC, mentor, principal, or other administrator
- Pictures (must be supported by a written description of the picture's relevance to indicator or sub-indicator)
- Newspaper clippings
Please highlight the section of each piece of evidence that is directly relevant to the indicator or sub-indicator for which it is being submitted.
A single document can be used up to three times providing that different sections are used for different indicators. When using a piece of evidence more than once, please place a new, appropriately highlighted copy in each section for which it is being used. Do not simply reference evidence used elsewhere in the portfolio.
Evidence must be from teaching during the school day and school year with students within the subject area and grade level span of the license being sought. Therefore, evidence from after school programs, summer programs, and adult learners cannot be used. Evidence should not be more than five years old.
Sample paper portfolios are available for viewing in the Class Measures office during the office hours posted on our website. We encourage teachers planning to visit our office to call first to confirm that the office will be open. Our office staff is able to answer any questions that may arise during your viewing of the sample portfolios.
In addition, the teacher's assigned Instructional Consultant should be available to answer questions regarding the portfolio. Any questions that an Instructional Consultant is unable to answer may be directed to the Class Measures office staff at 781-939-5699.
+ Sample Timeline
The following is a typical timeline for a teacher in PRPIL. Completion times vary. However, most teachers complete the program within 6-9 months.
1. Teacher applies to PRPIL - application is reviewed within two weeks.
2. Teacher is accepted into program. First payment is due within 30 days. To see more information on Program Cost & Payment Options click here.
3. Teacher begins assembling draft portfolio.
4. Instructional Consultant (IC) is assigned and contacts the teacher within two weeks of the teacher's acceptance. The IC requests the teacher's resume, arranges to review the teacher's draft portfolio, and begins scheduling the three classroom observations.
5. The three classroom observations take place over a minimum of three months and are usually completed within the same school year. Observations must be a scheduled a minimum of one month apart.
6. Teacher revises portfolio using feedback from IC and mentor while classroom observations are taking place.
7. Once the portfolio and all observations are complete, the PPA Form is signed by the teacher, IC, and mentor. The IC submits the original signed PPA to the Class Measures office.
8. Teacher submits completed portfolio the Class Measures office for review.
9. Teacher applies for Initial license using the ELAR system on the ESE website (if he/she has not done so already).
10. Portfolio is reviewed in 3-6 weeks. Once the portfolio has passed the final review, Class Measures sends endorsement paperwork to the ESE Office of Educator Licensure.
11. Portfolio and PDP certificates (teacher and mentor) are mailed back to the teacher using the address on file.
12. ESE Office of Educator Licensure notifies the teacher electronically when the license has been granted. Teacher logs back into ELAR to print an unofficial copy of the Initial license for his/her school and district.
13. Teacher, mentor, and principal receive an electronic survey from Class Measures.
+ How to Apply
Applications for the Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL) can be completed electronically or by mailing in a paper application.
Paper Application:Please print using the link below. Then mail the completed application to our Woburn office.
100 Tower Park Dr., Suite A
Woburn, MA 01801
Electronic Application:To apply electronically please follow the instructions below.
1. Register an account with the Class Measures website. See the Register an Account box in the upper right corner of this webpage. The system will email you a temporary password to use for login.
2. Log in to the Class Measures PRPIL using the Create an Application box at the top of the page. Use your email address and temporary password. You should change your temporary password once you have logged in.
3. Once logged in, complete all parts of the application, including everything listed below. Be sure to click the SUBMIT button on the last page to officially submit your application.
a. Personal Details (name, address, etc.)
b. Additional Details (Demographic and career information)
c. Upload required attachments:
i. Updated resume including your current teaching position
ii. Your Preliminary License: Scan your paper license or a printout of the Unofficial License Information page from ELAR.
iii. Signed Disclosure Notice: Download from the system, sign, then upload a scanned copy with your signature.
iv. Signed Mentor's Agreement of Participation Form: Download from the system, then upload a scanned copy with a signature from your chosen mentor.
v. Mentor's License: Scan your chosen mentor's paper license or a printout of the Unofficial License Information page from ELAR.
vi. Signed Principal's Agreement of Support/Confirmation of Employment Form: Download from the system, then upload a scanned copy with a signature from your principal.
vii. Official transcripts and/or PDP Certificates: Include enough to document a minimum of 120 hours of training in pedagogy.
viii. Subject Matter Knowledge for Music evidence: This is required for Music Teachers only. Please upload the outline mentioned in the Subject Matter Knowledge document. Additional evidence may be uploaded as well if needed.
4. Pay the $75.00 application fee.
5. You will be contacted by email when your application has been reviewed. This may take up to two weeks.
a. If paying by check, please mail the check to:
100 Tower Park Dr., Suite A
Woburn, MA 01801
b. If paying by credit card, please call our office at (781) 939-5699.
+ Earn Professional Development Points (PDPs)
Class Measures is pleased to partner with Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS), an online provider of professional development for educators. KDS offers a variety of courses that provide the Massachusetts Professional Development Points (PDPs) in pedagogy needed for acceptance into PRPIL.
Class Measures encourages prospective applications needing additional PDPs to consider the courses offered by KDS. Please use the link below to access a list of courses pre-approved for PRPIL, many at a special price just for PRPIL teachers. Please note that you must use the link below in order to receive the special pricing. Teachers who register for courses through the main KDS website will pay the full cost.
+ Downloads and Links
- Mentor Responsibilities
- Instructional Consultant Application
- Writing Your Reflective Pieces
- Portfolio Guidelines
- New PPA Forms
- New PPA Guidelines
- Accepted Licenses
- Subject Matter Knowledge for Music
- 2012-2013 PRPIL Annual Report
- Teacher Information Packet
+ Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I know if I am eligible for PRPIL?
Please see the Eligibility section of our website, then call our office with any additional questions regarding eligibility.
2. When can I enroll in PRPIL?
Teachers may enroll in PRPIL as early as their second year of teaching in the role of the Preliminary license. However, providing all program requirements are met, the endorsement for the Initial license cannot be submitted to the ESE Office of Educator Licensure until completion of the third year of teaching.
3. How long does it take to complete PRPIL?
Once accepted, it takes an average of 6-9 months to complete the program requirements (portfolio and classroom observations). Most teachers complete the program within a single school year.
Once your portfolio is submitted to the Class Measures office for final review, it takes 3-6 weeks for the portfolio to be reviewed and the endorsement sent to the ESE Office of Educator Licensure. If additional evidence is requested this timeline may be extended.
The amount of time needed for the ESE Office of Educator Licensure to process the endorsement and grant the license varies depending on their volume of work. Class Measures recommends planning at least one month for this part of the process.
4. My Preliminary license has or will be expiring. What do I do?
Assuming you are eligible, apply to PRPIL as quickly as possible. Once you have been accepted, inform your school and district of your acceptance. Please contact our office for further information.
5. My portfolio and observations are complete and my license is expired or expiring soon. Is there anything I can do to expedite the rest of the process?
We currently offer an expedited one week portfolio review for an additional fee of $100.00. Once your endorsement has been received and scanned by the ESE Office of Educator Licensure, a principal or superintendent can contact them to request an expedited review of your file.
6. Does Class Measures offer college credit?
7. How do I know if a course is accepted as pedagogy?
Education courses offered through a college or university are generally considered pedagogy. For courses offered through other departments or for PDPs, the information covered must relate to the "how" of teaching (pedagogy) rather than "what" is being taught (content). Examples of pedagogical courses include: Skillful Teaching, Behavior Management, Motivating the Learner, and Differentiated Instruction. Please call our office with questions about specific courses.
8. I have a Preliminary license and a Masters Degree, but never did student teaching. Can I still apply?
Yes. PRPIL is an alternative route to Initial licensure for teachers who have not completed a teaching practicum.
9. How do I advance two licenses at a time?
Teachers can officially advance only one licensed subject area and grade level through PRPIL. The license advanced must be the subject and grade level currently being taught. However, in many cases additional subject areas and/or grade levels can be advanced after completion of PRPIL. Teachers with multiple licenses do not need to complete the PRPIL program more than once. Please contact our office for more information.
10. How do I find a mentor?
Applicants are responsible for finding their own mentor. The mentor selected must hold an Initial or Professional license, preferably in the subject area of the applicant's Preliminary license. In addition, the chosen mentor must be a teacher of high quality standing who has received the support of the applicant's principal. The mentor must agree to carry out all tasks as summarized in the Mentor Responsibilities.
In general, teachers find it most convenient to choose a mentor from within the same school or district. However, it is acceptable to choose a mentor from another school or district. Remember to consider individuals who are retired as well as individuals who hold the needed license but are not currently teaching in that subject area.
11. How do I get an Instructional Consultant?
An Instructional Consultant will be assigned to you by Class Measures once you have been accepted into PRPIL.
12. How do I learn more about compiling my portfolio?
Teachers have several options for learning about portfolios:
a. Class Measures holds several Portfolio Review Sessions each year. Teachers who have been accepted into the program will be notified by email when a Portfolio Review Session is scheduled.
b. Useful information about portfolios can be found in the Portfolios section of this website.
c. Class Measures keeps a selection of sample portfolios available at the Woburn office. If you are interested in viewing them, please call the office to make an appointment.
13. How do I know when my Instructional Consultant will conduct the three classroom observations?
Your Instructional Consultant will work with you to schedule the three classroom observations. Your mentor may conduct his/her observations at the same times, or at different times.
14. I received an invoice. How can I pay my bill?
Payments can be made via check, credit card, or money order. Please see Program Cost & Payment Options for more information.
15. What is the best way to get my portfolio to Class Measures?
Please DO NOT send your portfolio to the ESE offices in Malden.
Paper portfolios should all be submitted to the Woburn office. You can either mail your portfolio or drop it off in person. If you plan to deliver it to the office yourself, please contact the office ahead of time to be sure someone will be there to meet you.
Electronic portfolios created through the Class Measures website can be submitted through the website. Electronic portfolios created on a CD, DVD, or flashdrive can be submitted by mail or in person to the Woburn office.
16. How will my portfolio be returned to me?
Paper portfolios will be returned by mail once all relevant paperwork has been completed. Your completion certificate and your mentor's PDP certificate will be inside the front pocket. If you prefer to pick up your portfolio, please notify our office.
Electronic portfolios on CD, DVD, or thumb drive will not be returned unless specifically requested. Your completion certificate and your mentor's PDP certificate will be mailed to you. If you prefer to pick up your electronic portfolio, please notify our office.
Electronic portfolios created through the Class Measures website can be downloaded to your computer. Please login to your account to do so. Your completion certificate and your mentor's PDP certificate will be mailed to you.
17. How do I apply for an Initial license with the ESE Office of Educator Licensure?
All PRPIL participants must apply for the Initial license. Do not be concerned if you receive a notice that in cannot yet be granted. The Initial license will be granted once your endorsement has been received from Class Measures and processed by the Office of Educator Licensure.
18. How do I receive my Initial license from the ESE Office of Educator Licensure?
The Office of Educator Licensure no longer mails paper licenses. Once you know your endorsement has been sent, please check the status of your license regularly through your ELAR account. Additional information can be found here.
19. How long does it take for me to receive my Initial license after my endorsement has been received by the ESE Office of Educator Licensure?
This varies depending on the time of year and the number of licenses the Office of Educator Licensure must process. Most licenses are processed within 3-4 weeks. If your Preliminary license is expiring sooner than this, your principal or superintendent can request an expedited review of your file.
20. Will my Initial license (obtained via PRPIL) be valid in any other state?
This depends on the state in question. Please contact their Department of Education for details regarding possible reciprocity. Additional information can also be found here.
21. There are more teachers at my school who are interested in your program. Can you come to the school to speak with them?
We would be happy to arrange an information session for a group of five or more teachers. Please have your principal contact our office to arrange a mutually convenient time
+ Program Cost & Payment Options
We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 cohort.
Application Fee: $75.00 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $2,500.00 (non-refundable)
The following tuition payment options are available to all teachers. Please indicate on your application which payment option you expect to use if accepted.
Tuition Payment Option 1: The complete tuition amount is due within 30 days of acceptance. An invoice will be emailed to you within one week of acceptance.
Tuition Payment Option 2: There is a one-time service fee of $25.00 for this option, which is added to the first months payment. The tuition is divided into 4 equal installments of $625.00 each. The first installment is due within thirty (30) days of acceptance. The remaining installments are due every 30 days thereafter. An initial invoice will be emailed to you within one week of acceptance. However, remaining installment invoices will NOT be sent. Please mark your calendar accordingly to avoid late payment charges. For further clarification regarding this payment option please contact our office.
Please note that tuition must be paid in full before submitting your portfolio to Class Measures for final review. Refunds are not awarded if you are unable to meet the program requirements.
Payments can be made via the following:
- Personal Check: Checks should be made payable to "Class Measures" and mailed to the Woburn office. There is a $50.00 fee for returned checks.
- Money Order: Money orders should be made payable to "Class Measures" and mailed to the Woburn office.
- Credit/Debit Card: We currently accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.We do not accept American Express. Secure payments can be made through this website. If preferred, teachers may also complete the credit card section of their invoice or call our office with their credit card information. If using a debit card, please be aware of your daily limit.
We are not able to accept cash payments.
Class Measures is an approved school for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA). For more information see here and search for Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts.
+ Consulting Opportunities
Class Measures is currently accepting applications for Instructional Consultants licensed in all subject areas. At this time, our greatest need is for consultants licensed in the following:
- Physical Education
- Health/Family and Consumer Sciences
Instructional Consultants (ICs) are experienced educators recruited and trained by Class Measures to work with teachers accepted into PRPIL. Instructional Consultants work in conjunction with mentors to provide support for teachers throughout the program.
The Instructional Consultant's primary responsibility is to evaluate a teacher's ability to meet the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers. This evaluation is based upon two main forms of data - review of the teacher's portfolio and classroom observations.
All Instructional Consultants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a Professional teaching license in Massachusetts;
- Hold a Masters Degree or National Board Certification;
- Have at least three years teaching experience;
- Attend periodic trainings offered by Class Measures.
If you are interested in applying to Class Measures as an Instructional Consultant, please complete the application below and return it to our Woburn office.
+ PRPIL Staff