On behalf of the Washington State Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) Steering Committee, we are pleased to send you this update regarding the use of Charlotte Danielson’s Revised 2011 edition of the Framework for Teaching (FFT) in the Washington State eVAL Management Tool. Notwithstanding her long-standing exclusive partnership with Teachscape to develop software solutions that support the use of the FFT, Charlotte Danielson and her partner, Teachscape Inc. have agreed to grant to OSPI a sublicense to incorporate Charlotte’s FFT into the Washington State eVAL Management Tool.
This communication confirms that the Revised 2011 Framework For Teaching by Charlotte Danielson remains one of the three “preferred” frameworks approved by the TPEP steering committee in the new teacher evaluation system.
Understanding that Washington school districts face challenges, as they seek to identify software systems to support the collection of evidence and the management of data, it is important to reiterate that districts are free to choose any software system that best supports the approved evaluation instrument that they elect to use. For those districts that may elect to use the FFT, these options now include both the Washington State eVAL Management Tool and Teachscape’s Reflect Live observation software. OSPI and Teachscape have agreed to work together to ensure that observation data from Teachscape’s Reflect Live observation system can be easily transferred into the Washington State data system.
OSPI understands that you may have received communications that were misleading regarding Teachscape and the products they provide to support the Framework for Teaching. It is important to note that Charlotte Danielson co-developed and strongly endorses Teachscape’s Proficiency System for the training and certification of classroom observers that use her FFT, as well as Teachscape’s Reflect Live classroom observation system.
To access information about these resources and software tools please see the following:
To access information about the eVAL management tool please see the following website:
The Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program is committed to the ongoing learning involved in supporting the professional growth of teachers and principals to impact student learning. TPEP has learned a great deal from the work of Charlotte Danielson, and will continue to seek her counsel to inform this evolving system of support.
Please feel free to pass this information along to members of your TPEP steering committee district or regional level teams. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of kids.
TPEP Steering Committee