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District Overview & Description
The Snohomish School District is located approximately 30 miles north of Seattle in Snohomish County. The District employs approximately 540 certified teaching staff and 500 classified staff through two high schools, two middle schools, 10 elementary schools, a preschool, an alternative learning program for secondary students, and a cooperative program for home-school families. The district serves 9,961 students in Grades K–12, with the following demographic characteristics:
- 1.0 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native
- 5.2 percent Asian or Pacific Islander
- 1.7 percent black
- 5.8 percent Hispanic
- 85.0 percent white
- 19.7 percent eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
|Number of principals in pilot:||15|
|Number of assistant principals in pilot:||7|
|Number of classroom teachers in pilot:||107|
|Number of district administrators evaluating participating principals:||3|
|Number of education association representatives:||1|
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Introduction and Context
Snohomish began work on a 4-tier evaluation system over 8 years ago. Participation in the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot is seen as part of the inevitable refinement of work we had already done and we were eager to join the process. While any evaluation system must abide by the legal requirements for compliance, in Snohomish evaluation is much richer than that and has been used as a central component for professional growth. Professional growth, the idea that all educators have areas of strengths and weaknesses and that all educators can grow in order improve the learning of students, must be the central aspect of any evaluation process. Snohomish has used work by Danielson as central to our professional growth and evaluation for the entirety of our process.
Information to Know Before Reviewing Our Model
Our teacher and principal evaluation rubrics are refinements of documents used in an existing process, but that is not meant to understate the significance of the changes that have occurred. At any given time the majority of educators in Snohomish are on the “professional growth option” rather than the summative time and our professional growth evaluative rubrics have not yet been updated to align with the new criteria; this work will occur over the next few months and be in place for the 2011-2012 school year.
If you have questions about the Snohomish model, please contact their TPEP Co-chairs:
Sylvia Roberts, Assistant Superintendent – (360) 563-7285
Justin Fox-Bailey, Snohomish Education Association President – (360) 568-4343
View the vision page and pilot models.
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