WAC Changes for Focused Evaluation

The Steering Committee is in the rulemaking process for WAC changes regarding educators on a Focused Evaluation. More information about why the change and what the changes are is available at http://tpep-wa.org/focused-evaluation-wac-changes/

TPEP Best Practices Colloquium – Save the Date

CSTP is once again hosting TPEP Best Practices Colloquium in 2016. The Colloquium is a full-day event for district groups of teachers, principals and administrators. It will feature four presenting districts that will talk about their implementation and best practices of the teacher evaluation system. They will also have special guests and breakout sessions to explore these topics further. The colloquium is designed to facilitate discussion across and within districts as you learn about other district’s best practices and share your experiences.

Westside – February 24, 2016

Eastside – March 16, 2016

Registration and more information is available at http://cstp-wa.org/events-calendar/tpep/

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: School Employee Evaluation Survey

The SEES survey is due this upcoming Friday, November 13th.

This report compiles data from all districts regarding the evaluation of public school employees during the 2014–15 school year. The data completes a federal mandate to report teacher and principal evaluation results and a Washington requirement for reporting of aggregated evaluation results for every employee group in our state’s public schools. OSPI compiles the data and submits on your behalf. This data is public information, and it is our goal to have 100 percent participation.

You can help by providing strong guidance to staff that timely completion of this survey is important. (NOTE: The survey is only accessible in EDS to district staff granted user access to the survey by their district’s data security manager.) Please urge attention to this matter so we will receive your completed survey by Friday’s deadline.

The School Employee Evaluation Survey is available in the Education Data System. An FAQ can be found at http://tpep-wa.org/sees-help/. The memorandum link is http://www.k12.wa.us/BulletinsMemos/Memos2015/M053-15.docx.

Assistance is also available from the Educator Effectiveness at 360-725-6118.

2014-15 SEES Data – Action Requred

Per RCW 28A.150.230(2), all districts must submit educator performance data. Data for the 2014-15 school year, is due to OSPI by November 13, 2015.

Data is submitted through OSPI’s Education Data System (EDS) titled School Employee Evaluation Survey (SEES). Each district will provide 2014–15 evaluation data for all educator categories (superintendent, classified staff, administrators, teachers and other certificated staff) and summarize by the applicable performance rating. Teacher data is aggregated by school and rating; others are aggregated by district and rating. In 2014- 15, some educators were evaluated on a two-tier system (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory); those educators will be aggregated separately from teachers and principals evaluated using the four-tier ratings (Distinguished / Proficient / Basic / Unsatisfactory).

More information can be found in OSPI Memo 053-15M. Please also visit the SEES FAQ page on the TPEP website at http://tpep-wa.org/sees-help/

Schedule a Session with a Learning-focused Supervision Specialist

In Washington State the focus of supervision has shifted from a contractual obligation to an opportunity for growth. Standards-driven, data-base conversations are a key factor in this effort. The developers of Learning-focused Supervision have trained and endorsed an expert cadre of practitioners who can provide an introduction seminar or two-day foundation training on the practical tools and templates for increasing skill and confidence with structured conversations that build professional expertise.

For a list of trainers visit our TPEP Training Providers page.

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 can be found at http://tpep-wa.org/teacher-training-maximum-allocations/. Please refer to OSPI bulletin 038-15 for more information.

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.



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.

  • 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.

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.