Task Requirements for the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

Aligned with Missouri's Teacher Standards and Quality Indicators, this test assesses your instructional capability prior to receiving a license.

The assessment consists of four tasks — one formative and three summative — requiring written commentary and the submission of artifacts. If you are taking the MoPTA with Video (MoPTA-V), a video is required for Task 4. The tasks are described below, and a requirements document and rubric document are provided for each.

  • The requirements document contains the standards and indicators measured by each task, the activities and guiding prompts for each task, and detailed instructions to follow when submitting responses.
  • The rubric document contains the task-specific rubrics used to evaluate the elements of the evidence you provide.

Before beginning the assessment, review the MoPTA Candidate and Educator Handbook for information about the tasks, rubrics, writing guidelines, how to include artifacts and record video, and more.

While student teaching, you should collect multiple artifacts and videos that you could utilize should you need to resubmit a task(s).

Early Childhood and Elementary Candidates

Note: If you are a candidate seeking an early childhood or elementary education certificate, Tasks 2 and 3 have specific response requirements:

  • You MUST select Early Literacy or Literacy as the content focus for Task 2.
  • You MUST select Early Numeracy or Mathematics as the content focus for Task 3.

Candidates who do not follow these instructions will receive a score of zero for each of the steps within the task, which may result in not passing the assessment. Similar to other candidates who do not pass the assessment, you will have the option to resubmit the task(s) during the resubmission window immediately following the receipt of your overall score. Learn more about focusing on Literacy and Numeracy in your responses.

Early Childhood Special Education and Mild to Moderate Cross-Categorical Special Education Candidates

Note: If you are a candidate seeking a certificate to teach early childhood special education or mild to moderate cross-categorical special education, you are encouraged to select Early Literacy or Literacy as your content focus for Task 2 and Early Numeracy or Mathematics as your content focus for Task 3.

Task 1: Knowledge of Students and the Learning Environment

In this formative task completed during the first weeks of student teaching, you demonstrate the knowledge and skills pertaining to your understanding of your assigned classroom. The task asks you to provide evidence in regard to your students, the school and the community and to identify implications of these factors on instruction and student learning. It is important to take the time to understand the school culture to avoid unintended biases or stereotyping when responding to the prompts in this exercise. The Instructional and Support Resources Chart and the Contextual Factors Chart are two of the required artifacts for this task. The MoPTA Task 1 Handbook guides you, the educator preparation program and the cooperating teacher through the collaborative efforts to complete Task 1. A score is not issued for this task.

Task 2: Assessment and Data Collection to Measure and Inform Student Learning

In this summative task, you demonstrate your understanding, analysis and application of assessment and data collection to measure and inform student learning. A score is issued for this task.

Task 3: Designing Instruction for Student Learning

In this summative task, you demonstrate your ability to develop instruction, including the use of technology, to facilitate student learning. A score is issued for this task.

Task 4

In this summative task, you demonstrate your ability to plan and implement a lesson using research-based instruction. You also show how you are able to adjust instruction for the whole class as well as for individual students within the class. Finally, you demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice. If you are taking the MoPTA-V, a 15-minute video is required with this task. A score is issued for this task.

Note: Because Task 4 differs between the MoPTA-V and the MoPTA Non-Video (MoPTA-NV), the task requirements and rubric documents are different. Please make sure you download the correct file.

MoPTA-V Task 4: Implementing and Analyzing Instruction to Promote Student Learning

MoPTA-NV Task 4: Planning, Implementing, Analyzing and Adjusting Instruction to Promote Student Learning

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