Teacher Principal Evaluation SystemWhat is the new evaluation system?
In 2010 the Washington State Legislature passed a broad education reform bill that called for significant changes in the State’s principal and teacher evaluation system. Included in the legislation was the introduction of a four-level evaluation ranking system that uses unsatisfactory, basic, proficient, and distinguished ratings. Most previous evaluation systems had just two levels, satisfactory and unsatisfactory.
The four-level evaluation system went into effect across the state for teachers and principals starting with the 2013-14 school year. School districts have up to four years to complete a transition to the new system.
How are teachers evaluated?Each school district is required to select from one of three state-approved instructional frameworks for evaluating teachers. Each framework details instructional practices that have been proven by research to increase student learning. Teachers are evaluated based on their application of the instructional practices. The system also requires teachers to be evaluated on the academic progress their students make each year. On April 18, 2013, the Entiat School District Board of Directors approved the adoption of the instructional framework developed by Dr. Robert Marzano. Click here to see the Marzano instructional fameworkDistricts are required to choose from one of two state-approved leadership frameworks for evaluating principals and assistant principals. The leadership frameworks identify administrator leadership practices that increase student learning and provide a safe and effective school. On June 20, 2013 the Entiat School District’s Board of Directors approved the leadership framework developed by the Association of Washington School Principals. Click here to see the district-adopted leadership framework.
School Boards are required to adopt two policies that address the new evaluation law. Revised versions of Board Policy 5240 Evaluation of Staff and Board Policy 5280 Termination of Employment were adopted by the Entiat School District Board of Directors on April 18, 2013.
How can I get more information?
More information about the new evaluation system is available on the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction website at http://tpep-wa.org/ .
To learn more about how the new evaluation system is being implemented in Entiat, please contact Superintendent Greg Whitmore.