The Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program

The Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program was born out of Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696 during the 2010 legislative session. The evaluation provisions in the bill were part of a larger reform effort made during Washington's Race to the Top application. The bill created our pilot project and moved the state from a two-tiered system of unsatisfactory, to a four-tiered evaluation system. In addition to moving to a four-tiered system, the legislation created eight new criteria for teachers and principals to be evaluated upon, with common themes tying the criteria for teachers and principals together.

Development and Implementation
TPEP Core Principles, legislation, and district framework choices.

State Evaluation Criteria, Frameworks, and Rubrics
An instructional or leadership framework is a common language and vision of what quality teaching and leading looks like. It is shared by everyone in the district and aligns to the eight state criteria created by E2SSB 6696.

Training Modules
Developed in partnership with the American Institute for Research, this series of training modules is designed to assist school leadership teams understand the WA evaluation system.

Rater Agreement
Rater Agreement is the extent to which the scores between the raters have consistency and accuracy against predetermined standards. The predetermined standards are the instructional and leadership frameworks and rubrics that define the basis for summative criterion level scores.

Student Growth
Legislation, rubrics, and resources to assist educators in understanding the importance of student growth within their evaluation system.

Professional Learning
PD opportunities, approved trainers, teacher training funding, and additional TPEP resources.

A web-based tool designed to manage the evaluation process and documentation. The system is an EDS application and hosted in a state of the art network operations center. The site is physically secured, monitored 24 hours a day, and backed up continuously. It is personalized for each district based on their instructional framework.

Training and Events
A calendar of statewide and regional TPEP trainings listed by ESD.

Q and A
Specific questions and answers about the TPEP process and legislation.

Resources and Reports

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TPEP News to Know

School Employee Evaluation Survey is now open! EDUCATOR EVALUATION DATA (Action Required)
All school districts must submit educator performance data from 2016–17 to OSPI by October 16. If questions, read the FAQ and view a Screenshot of the survey.

2017 ​TPEP ​Best Practices Colloquium
Register now for the November 1, 2017 Colloquium in Yakima. Registration and more information.

TPEP Teacher Training Funds TPEP Teacher Training Funds (iGrant 664) is available again this year! Allocations are available and iGrant Form Package 664 is now open. Stay tuned for information on administrator training funds (iGrant 773)

Heads Up CEL 5D+ districts!
CEL 5D+ has a revised rubric for instructional growth and teacher evaluation. Version 3 is required for use in the 2017-18 school year.

Changes to TPEP WAC!
Changes to the WACs take effect for all teachers and principals in the 2017-18 school year. See a summary of the changes and FAQs and the ​new WAC language. See a sample Focused Evaluation form.

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   Updated 9/14/2017

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