Teacher & Principal Evaluation Project - Vision Statement
“Student learning is the hallmark of accomplished teaching and leading”
The Teacher & Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP), borne out of E2SSB 6696 and passed in June 2010, offers Washington State the opportunity to design for ourselves the measure of effective teaching and leading. The new Washington State evaluation system must both hold educators accountable and be leverage for authentic professional growth. This emerging system, built on the foundation of the new Teacher and Principal Criteria and developed by Washington State educators, provides a new direction that will empower teachers, principals and district leaders to meet the needs of all students in Washington State. The new evaluation system sets high expectations for what teachers and principals should know and be able to do, values diversity and fosters a high commitment to teaching and leading as professional practice.
Teacher Evaluation Process (updated 9/10/12):
Teacher Evaluation Forms (updated 9/10/12):
Danielson’s Framework for Teaching
Danielson’s framework for teaching identifies aspects of a teacher’s responsibilities that empirical studies have demonstrated as promoting improved student learning.1 Because teaching is an extremely complex activity, this framework is useful in laying out the various areas of competence in which professional teachers need to develop expertise. Danielson divides the complex activity of teaching into twenty-two components clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility: (1) planning and preparation, (2) the classroom environment, (3) instruction, and (4) professional responsibilities. These domains and their components are outlined in a following table. A brief review of each of these domains will provide a road map of the skills and competencies new teachers need to develop.
The benefits of having a framework for professional practice, as Danielson notes, are several. First, a framework offers the profession of teaching a shared vocabulary as a way to communicate about excellence. For novice teachers, a framework provides a pathway to excellence by laying out the twenty-two important components that constitute professional practice. A framework for teaching provides a structure for discussions among teachers and also serves to sharpen the focus for professional development. A framework also serves to communicate to the larger community the array of competencies needed to be an effective teacher.
Principal Evaluation Tool