Recently, state lawmakers enacted the Teacher Principal Evaluation Pilot (TPEP). This legislation changes the current evaluation process and develops more uniform standards and expectations for teachers and principals in Washington state.
Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5895 provides schools with a clearer structure for selecting instructional framework to be used in the newly required teacher and principal evaluation system. Major changes include the adoption of a new framework and the movement from a widely used two-tier (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) system for evaluation to a four-tiered rating system, statewide. Based on the new, four leveled structure, staff would be evaluated as unsatisfactory, basic, proficient, or distinguished. Ultimately, the goal of ESSB 5895 is for staff and administration to work collaboratively to improve instruction.
ESSB 5895: A summary
The adoption of ESSB 5895 means significant changes in how teachers and principals are evaluated. Here are some of the provisions contained in the law. ESSB 5895:
- Adds details to revised teacher and principal evaluation systems, including a requirement for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to adopt up to three preferred instructional and leadership frameworks and requiring school districts to adopt a preferred framework.
- Requires student growth data to be a substantial factor in evaluating teacher and principal performance for at least three evaluation criteria.
- Requires each school district to adopt an implementation schedule that transitions staff to the revised evaluation systems beginning no later than 2013-14, with full implementation no later than 2015-16.
- Defines “not satisfactory” performance for teachers and principals, and revises provisions related to probation for teachers.
- Requires evaluation results to be used as one of multiple factors in human resource and personnel decisions beginning in 2015-16.
- Provides that teachers who receive less than a basic (Level 2) rating in their third year remain in provisional status until they receive a proficient (Level 3) rating.
- Directs the OSPI to develop a professional development program to support implementation of the revised systems if funds are appropriated for this purpose.
- Directs the Professional Educator Standards Board to incorporate continuing education or competencies in the revised evaluation systems as a requirement for renewal of educator certificates beginning September 1, 2016, and for residency principal certification after August 31, 2013.
Bill Analysis ESSB 5895
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