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Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot Sites Announced

OLYMPIA — June 11, 2010 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction today announced that eight districts and one consortium of districts will begin pilots this fall of new teacher and principal evaluation systems.

The districts are Anacortes, Central Valley, Kennewick, North Mason, North Thurston, Othello, Snohomish and Wenatchee. The consortium is composed of eight districts: Almira, Davenport, Liberty, Medical Lake, Pullman, Reardan-Edwall, Ritzville and Wilbur.

The pilots are required through Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696. Passed during the 2010 Legislature, the bill calls for significant changes in teacher and principal evaluation systems, including the introduction of a four-level evaluation ranking (currently most districts have only two: satisfactory and unsatisfactory).

“Our goal is an evaluation system that is fair and complete,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “The pilot program will go a long way toward helping us figure out how to do that.”

The pilots will be conducted in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. Midway through the pilot period, and at its conclusion, OSPI will collect and analyze materials from the pilot districts and make recommendations to the Legislature regarding adopting one or more of the systems for use by districts in the state.

Beginning in 2013-14, all districts will be required to adopt evaluation systems in alignment with E2SSB 6696.

Districts were chosen based on a number of factors, including collaboration with local associations representing teachers and principals. Chosen districts also agreed that their pilots would include a number of activities, including:

  • Development of criteria for the evaluations;
  • Identification of or development of appropriate multiple measures of student growth;
  • Development of evaluation forms;
  • Submission of evaluation data and all district collected student achievement, aptitude, and growth data regardless of whether the data are used in evaluations; and
  • Collaboration with other pilot districts, OSPI, the Governor’s office, the Washington State PTA, the Washington Education Association, the Association of Washington School Principals and the Washington Association of School Administrators during the pilot process.

Applications were reviewed by representatives from OSPI, the Governor’s office, WSPTA, WEA, AWSP, and WASA. The review committee then made its recommendations to Superintendent Dorn.

Districts will receive between $100,000 and about $180,000 a year for the two years of the pilot. Proposed budgets will be submitted in September 2010. Funding for the second year of the pilot will be contingent on funding being provided by the Legislature in the next biennial operating budget.

 

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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