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Educator Effectiveness Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been working since 2010 to develop an educator effectiveness model that will incorporate those attributes that are most critical to the way teachers, non-teaching professionals, and principals are evaluated as well as providing training tools for professional growth that provide support as part of a fair effective evaluation process.

The first of the new field-tested systems, for classroom teachers, has been implemented as of July 1, 2013. The next systems for non-teaching professionals and principals will begin implementation on July 1, 2014.

This webpage will serve as the source for the documents that provide both the regulations that further define and explain the new system as well as important resources to assist local education agencies (LEA) as they implement the new approach.

As PDE works to support the development of more effective educators in the classroom as well as those in school leadership positions, the true goal is to improve student achievement so that all of the children in Pennsylvania's public schools are prepared to enter a career or post-secondary training and become productive citizens.

Non-Teaching Professionals/Specialists Evaluation Pilot

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Approved Practice Models (PDF)

Resources

PDE Statement on Danielson Framework (PDF)

Principal Documents and Resources

Teacher and Principal Standards Based Evaluation Systems (PDF)

Rationale for Principal Effectiveness (PDF)

Core and Corollary Standards (PDF)

Principal Effectiveness Framework for Leadership (PDF)

General - Framework for Leadership Evidence List (PDF)

Guiding Questions - Principals & Teachers (PDF)

Principal & Teacher Effectiveness Connections (PDF)

CTC Director - Leadership Evidence List (PDF)

Guiding Questions - Supervising Admins & Principals (PDF)

Guidelines for Submission and Review of Locally-Developed Alternative Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Rating Tool that Modifies only Teacher Observation/Practice Component

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) developed guidelines that only outline instructions for submitting modifications to the teacher observation/practice component of Pennsylvania's Classroom Teacher Rating Form published June 22, 2013 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The guidelines apply to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, and career technology centers that want to only submit modifications to the teacher observation/practice component.

Separate guidelines for modifying the multiple measures components of Pennsylvania's Classroom Teacher Rating Form will be issued at a later date.

Submit your locally-developed alternative classroom teacher effectiveness rating tools electronically to Linda J. Benedetto at lbenedetto@pa.gov. Please allow 30 days for her to review and respond to each locally-developed alternative classroom teacher effectiveness rating tool submitted for approval. Questions about the guidelines may be referred to Linda either at lbenedetto@pa.gov or 717-783-9252.

Educator Effectiveness Administrative Manual

The purpose of this administrative manual is to assist administrators as they implement the new classroom teacher evaluation system in 2013-2014. These guidelines and recommendations support the Rules and Regulations which were published in the June 22, 2013 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Electronic Worksheet for the Classroom Teacher Rating Form

The purpose of this electronic worksheet is to assist administrators as they implement the new classroom teacher evaluation system in 2013-2014, specifically in completing summative evaluations on the new rating form, PDE 82-1, which was published in the June 22, 2013 Pennsylvania Bulletin. This downloadable, multi-tab worksheet permits administrators to enter rating values for classroom teachers, which are then automatically transferred to a summary form that can be printed for signatures. 

A webinar has been recorded and archived for your use. This webinar goes through the form, tab by tab, as well as providing narrative that may better explain the features in the form.