Student Growth Case Stories

Student Grown Case Studies

The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, in partnership with OSPI convened a group of National Board Certified Teachers to discuss how these teachers are using student growth in their classroom. Read about how student growth is impacting their teaching here.

TPEP Statement on Student Growth Percentiles

As many of you are aware, OSPI sent out a memo on March 8th regarding Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs). In the memo, there is a mention of SGPs and teacher evaluations. Both E2SSB 6696 (2010) and ESSB 5895 (2012) call for “multiple measures that can include classroom-based, school-based, district-based, and state-based tools.” Questions abound in this new work around both the “what” and the “how” of these multiple measures. As an education community we must stay committed to developing research-based and researched best practices for how to best use student growth data and many other aspects of the new evaluation systems for teachers and principals.

The TPEP office at OSPI has spent three years studying the issues around student growth and teacher evaluation. We continue to study the implications of student growth and believe that teachers do impact student learning. However, state evaluation systems all over the country are far from conclusive or definitive about how to hold educators accountable for student learning. Washington State is committed to analyzing this issue and coming up with common sense and practical ways teachers and principals can be authentically held accountable for student growth.

In that spirit, OSPI has two specific projects underway that will help shine a light on the issues of student growth.

  1. As part of a grant, OSPI is teaming with the University of Washington to study the impact of the new teacher and principal evaluation on our education system. The following bullets outline the areas we will study over the next three years of the project:
    • Engagement in Professional Learning
    • Focus of Instructional Improvement Strategies
    • Nature of the Evidence Base to Gauge Professional and Student Growth
  2. OSPI has consistently convened practitioners to study and come up with solutions to how to move forward around student growth. We have dedicated numerous days and resources to this work over the past three years. This spring, OSPI is bringing together content experts in 10 different areas to create a first stage of curriculum around the student growth goal setting and outcomes (rubrics) process. This is complex work that will take months and years to perfect in schools, but OSPI and the TPEP steering committee believe that keeping the work as close to the classroom as possible will be essential for our students as we begin the work around student growth in 2013-14, while at the same time experimenting with school, districts, and state-based tools. The pioneering teachers, principals, and district administrators in the pilot and RIGs have not shied away from difficult topics and we must embrace this one too, together.

Finally, through the work of the practitioners involved in the TPEP work (and other initiatives), OSPI will be releasing a module related to student growth in educator evaluation by late spring (Goal Date of May 1st, 2013). Keep checking our website for the ongoing release of the modules.

While SGPs may get lots of the political attention, please keep the complexity of the work at the forefront of these conversations. The new educator evaluation must be implemented with intentionality and thoughtfulness for our state to see a real impact on student learning.

Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Michaela Miller

Jim Koval

Student Growth Rubrics Corrected

The student growth rubrics have been updated. In some cases, the language between the student growth criteria was the same for criterion three and criterion six, which has now been corrected across all of the frameworks online. Additionally, the row title for the student growth in criterion eight has been corrected as well.

Please use the correct, up-to-date rubrics, which have “Version 1.1” in the title and should be date-stamped for October 26, 2012. All changes to the rubrics have been made in eVAL as well.

Instructional Framework Rubrics Updated With Student Growth Rubrics

We’ve posted updated versions of all three instructional framework rubrics to include language about student growth. Among many other clarifications and changes to the new evaluation system, ESSB 5895 states:

Student growth data must be a substantial factor in evaluating the summative performance of certificated classroom teachers for at least three of the evaluation criteria listed in this subsection.

In partnership with a panel of practitioners and the TPEP Steering Committee, we’ve selected criterion three, six, and eight for the incorporation of student growth in the instructional frameworks. Leadership frameworks will incorporate student growth in criterion three, five, and eight. In addition to ESSB 5895, the ESEA Flexibility Waiver also played a role in the determination of how student growth fits into the new evaluation system.

Don’t miss our update webinar; register for the update on either August 23rd or August 30th. Student growth and summative scoring methodology will be covered in great detail. Can’t attend either date? No worries, we will record and post the webinar for those of you unable to watch the webinar live.

Danielson Rubrics

Marzano Rubrics

CEL Rubrics

Leadership Framework

Upcoming TPEP Webinars – Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our TPEP webinar updates. There are two identical webinars scheduled, one on August 23rd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and the other on August 30th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

During the webinar, Michaela Miller and Jim Koval, TPEP Project Manager and Project Director, will give an overview of the system and implementation, instructional and leadership frameworks, and provide guidance on summative scoring methodology and student growth incorporation into each of the framework rubrics for the new evaluation system to be implemented in 2013-14.

Register below:

House Education Committee Examines Student Growth Data

The House Education Committee held a work session today examining the use of student growth data in educator evaluations. The Committee heard about the use of student growth data from a research perspective from the American Institutes for Research’s Gretchen Weber and Mariann Lemke. Michaela Miller and Jim Koval (Project Manager and Project Director) provided a state-level overview, while Scott Poirier from the WEA introduced the eVAL management tool to the committee members. Finally, a talented group of educators from our pilot districts represented the work that they and the other members of the TPEP Task Force have just concluded. The group of presenters (pictured from left to right) included:

  • Greg Fancher, Assistant Superintendent, Kennewick School District;
  • Chris Cloke, Teacher, Wenatchee School District;
  • Jennie Beltramini, Teacher and Anacortes Education Association President, Anacortes School District; and
  • Tara Dowd, Principal, Anacortes School District.

The draft recommendations from the TPEP Task Force around student growth data were also presented to the Committee. The Task Force discussed not if, but how student growth data should be used responsibly and with integrity in the evaluation process. They recommend that:

  • teachers be evaluated for whom and for what they are teaching,
  • that the use of this data in an evaluation be alighted to the evaluation criteria set forth by the E2SSB 6696 legislation, and
  • that the multiple measures outlined in current statute are deeply explored and analyzed when districts implement the new evaluation systems.

Those three recommendations provide a brief summary of the draft recommendations to date. We’ll post the full recommendations about student growth data, as well as the recommendations around the use of perception survey data and issues surrounding evaluator training and support as soon as they are finalized. In the meantime, you can view today’s entire work session on TVW.