State-Supported Evaluator Training Report 2014-15

Last Friday, August 7th, all district superintendents received via email, the 2014-15 edition of the annual report regarding their district’s principal attendance at state-supported evaluator training. Districts should retain this information as another piece of documentation regarding the training of evaluators. Any questions should be directed to tpep@k12.wa.us.

Teacher Training Funding for 2015-16

Funds for the TPEP Teacher Training Funds were renewed during the 2015 legislative session. The amount per district will be similar to that of the 2014-15 year with minor adjustments due to an increase in the number of teachers statewide. An OSPI bulletin with more information will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

Criterion 8 Resources Available

OPSI in partnership with the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession have developed several resources for Criterion 8. These resources include an FAQ, case studies, a sample reflection cycle, and more. You can find them all at http://tpep-wa.org/criterion-8-resources/

2013-14 School Employee Evaluation (SEES) Data Available

The 2013-14 SEES data has been released and can be found at the bottom of the Reports, Studies, and Presentations page of the TPEP website.

IMPORTANT: READ THE FOLLOWING RELEASE NOTES PRIOR TO REVIEWING THE DATA FOR A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE DATA IS BEING REPORTED

BACKGROUND

Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696 created new evaluation criteria for both teachers and principals united by common themes. Educator evaluation now focuses on continuous improvement for every educator every year.

Beginning in September 2013, every provisional teacher and principal in Washington and all those on probation changed to the revised process, which includes observations and measures of student growth. School districts also moved some of their experienced staff to the revised educator evaluation during 2013-14. By 2014-15, 83% of teachers and 95% of principals had moved to the revised system. The rest will transition by September 2015.

OSPI will use performance ratings assigned in the spring of 2016 to establish a baseline for making policy decisions in the future. That will be the first data report that includes all teachers and principals in Washington.

CAUTIONS
  • 2013-14 is not representative of the entire educator population. Many school districts transitioned volunteers first. Educators in their first three years were also included early. The 2015-16 data will provide a more complete picture.

  • The Basic rating has two different meanings under the law. For teachers with more than five years of teaching experience, a summative rating of Basic has negative consequences. For teachers with fives years of fewer, the Basic summative rating has no negative consequence; it is expected that many early-career teachers will earn a Basic. Up to 30% of teachers in many districts have fewer than 5 years of experience.
  • In many small districts, the Superintendent serves in the role of principal and is evaluated by the School Board as a Superintendent, not as a principal.
  • The results for 2013-14 are much as the Steering Committee expected.
SUPPRESSION FOR PRIVACY

OSPI is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals while still providing the public with educator performance data. In reporting student assessment results, data is suppressed (hidden) when there are fewer than ten students in the group being analyzed. The TPEP Steering Committee has applied the same principles here. For a complete copy of the 2013-14 SEES Data Release notes, please download the Release Notes found in the same section.

Additional Teacher Training Funding

The TPEP Steering Committee has directed OSPI to reallocate remaining Teacher Training Funding to districts that can document need, an approved TPEP Teacher Training plan, and capacity to spend by June 30.

Please complete this survey by Friday May 29, 2015 if your district would like to be considered as these funds are reallocated.   

  • You will be asked to attest that your district has already spent its allocation OR has approved plans in place to spend the remainder before June 30, 2015.
  • You will be asked to provide details (e.g. description, cost) about your Teacher Training events/activiities. 
  • Additional proposed activities must fall within the guidelines of the “allowable expenses” and “possible scenarios” outlined in iGrant 664.

    If you have specific questions pertaining to the reallocation of TTF funds, email Jeanne Harmon at Jeanne.Harmon@k12wa.us.

    Invoices must be submitted through iGrants by May 19th for all TPEP teacher training activities completed between August 2014 and April 2015. Invoicing for the current allocation will signal the need for additional funds. 

    Teacher Training Funding requests and fiscal status will be reviewed June 1st via iGrants. Districts intending to demonstrate capacity to benefit from this reallocation of funds must have page 4 of their iGrant 664 application (the current  plan) approved by May 30. The announcement of reallocation will occur on June 2nd. Budget revisions in iGrants will be available by the end of that week. 

  • 2015-16 TPEP Training Dates

    Th 2015-2016 TPEP Training dates are now posted. You can find a sortable list at http://tpep-wa.org/trainingpd/find-a-training/. You are also able to download a printable PDF version from that same page.

    Marzano Leadership Framework – Stage 1 Training

    Attention, Marzano Leadership Framework districts!

    All evaluators of principals and assistant principals are required by RCW 28A.405.120 to have training in evaluation procedures.
    Stage 1 (two day introduction to the framework) occurs prior to the start of the evaluation cycle. Stage 2 consists of a day in the mid-year and another day in the spring.

    This year, OSPI and LSI will offer one free opportunity to participate in this training in partnership with the Yelm School District, near Olympia.
    Stage 1 will be held June 16-17 (7:30 am – 3:30pm). The instructor is David Peterson, former Superintendent at North Mason, a TPEP pilot district.
    Evaluators who have not previously attended should plan to do so, and districts intending to hire evaluators of principals for next year are encouraged to identify then early enough to participate as well.

    Stage 2 dates will be decided among the participants in Day 1.

    Register with Brandi Campisano at LSI: Brandi Campisano (bcampisano@learningsciences.com)

    Marzano Leadership Framework – Stage 1 training
    Yelm School District, June 16-17, 2015

    Updated TPEP Module

    The Creating Coherence Professional Development Module has been updated to go beyond just CCSS to include College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). The revised module is available at http://tpep-wa.org/trainingpd/tpep-training-modules/creating-coherence-module/.

    TPEP Best Practices Colloquium

    CSTP is hosting TPEP Best Practices Colloquium and now inviting district TPEP teams to register for and attend the eastside meeting. The Colloquium is a full-day event and will feature either presenting districts that will talk about their implementation and best practices of the teacher evaluation system. The colloquium is also designed to facilitate discussion across and within districts as you learn about other district’s best practices and share your experiences. Registration is limited to 150 participants. Don’t delay – Register Your Team Now!

    When: April 15, 2015 – Spokane, WA, Spokane Convention Center
    Presenting Districts: Cashmere, Cheney, Kennewick, Moses Lake, Prosser, Wapato, and Wenatchee
    Cost: Free
    Included in Registration: Breakfast, lunch, and materials
    Not included in Registration: Travel, parking, substitute costs, and clock hours

    Curious what kind of information you might get from presenting districts? Check out the Bellingham SD presentation from the westside Colloquium.

    UPDATED: Comprehensive & Focused Evaluation Diagrams

    When OSPI revised the summative scoring diagrams for Comprehensive and Focused evaluations last summer, an error was made on the Focused chart. There is no “student growth inquiry” connected to a Focused evaluation, but the text said otherwise.

    Instructional Frameworks

    Leadership Frameworks