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Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure

All teacher candidates for Initial licenses must complete a preparation program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Department has contracted with Class Measures to operate a Performance Review Program for Initial Licensure (PRPIL) for eligible candidates in districts that do not have a state approved preparation program for Initial teacher licenses. In June 2017, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education expanded the number of teaching fields that may be included in this program beyond the earlier list of core academic areas to include all Teacher licenses listed within 603 CMR 7.04(3) (a). Experienced teacher candidates who have documented educational coursework/training, may be eligible for this program.

PRPIL consists of a five-stage review, including onsite observations and a preservice performance assessment using Department guidelines, in which the candidate works with an instructional consultant supplied by Class Measures and a district coach/mentor. Each stage will evaluate the candidate's ability to 1) demonstrate application of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers in the context of his/her subject area of the license and classroom, and 2) incorporate the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks into his/her practice.

Who is Eligible?

Only those teachers who fulfill the following requirements are eligible to enroll in PRPIL. The candidate must have:

  1. Possession of a Provisional license in the field and at the level of the license sought. See 603 CMR 7.04 (3) (a).
  2. At least three full years of employment in the role of a Provisional license issued under 603 CMR 7.04(3)(a).
  3. Documentation of seminars, courses, and experience relevant to the Professional Standards for Teachers in 603 7.08 (1) through (3).
  4. A recommendation from the principal, superintendent or assistant superintendent of the current school/district where the candidate is employed under the Provisional license in the role of the license sought.
  5. Completion of an induction and mentoring program as set forth under 603 CMR 7.12.
  6. For core academic teachers, possession of an SEI Teacher Endorsement.

Please note that licenses earned through this alternative process may not be reciprocal in states with which Massachusetts has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.

The cost of the program is $2,500. Payment arrangements are between the candidate and Class Measures. For more information about the program and application requirements please contact the Class Measures Office at 781-939-5699 or by email at

Last Updated: October 10, 2017
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