A recent study on the implementation of revised teacher evaluation systems reveals implications for education policymakers across the country. It describes characteristics of evaluation systems that focus on growing instructional practice.
Beginning with the 2017 school year, the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) requires that all Washington districts currently using the 5D+ Rubric transition to version 3 of the rubric: the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation.
The Center for Educational Leadership's (CEL) 5D+ Rubric Transition Training helps principals, central office leaders and teachers recalibrate their understanding of the teaching and learning practices described by each indicator, transitioning from version 2 to version 3 of the 5D+ Rubric.
In education policy — as in life — there are few second chances. So it’s exciting to see that as a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), teacher evaluation seems to have gotten one of these rare opportunities to reassess and change course.
ESSA hands more policymaking power to states and districts. States will have complete control over teacher evaluations and more power over how test scores and other factors figure into accountability. In fact, state legislatures have already started to change assessment and accountability requirements.
So how should we use this second chance to design a teacher evaluation system with the right priorities that helps both students and teachers reach higher levels?
The short answer is: with a focus on growth.
A few months into the second year of statewide implementation of new teacher and principal evaluation systems, most educators in Washington state seem to know their way around the new approach to evaluation and professional development. In a statewide survey, almost 80 per cent of teachers said that they were very or somewhat familiar with the revised evaluation requirements. Among principals and district leaders, almost 90 per cent reported understanding the various components of the teacher evaluation.
As I travel around the state to coach teachers and principals on how to use and implement our 5D framework and 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric, I'm excited to see so many educators embrace this new growth-oriented evaluation mindset.
We all know that improving instruction doesn't happen overnight, it's an intentional and lifelong process that requires constant attention and focus. To keep the new system on track, districts need to look beyond the initial implementation and plan for the long run.
Here are three short updates on new state guidelines and upcoming Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) resources that can help you with this important task: