districts have been selected to participate in NEWESD 101’s Teacher
Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP) for the 2011-12 school year.
The eight districts will make up a consortium collaborating on a state
grant aimed at improving teacher and principal evaluation systems. The
districts will be part of the second phase of a multi-year state grant
that began last year with the development of new evaluation criteria for
both groups of professionals.
The eight districts – Cheney, Chewelah, Lind, Nine Mile Falls, Odessa,
Ritzville, Spokane and West Valley – will collaborate in exploring
three instructional frameworks that will serve as the foundation for a
teacher evaluation system to be piloted the following year. Additionally,
a revised evaluation system for principals will be developed and implemented
along a similar timeline.
The work of these districts, following the work of TPEP pilot sites that
began last year, will inform the statewide implementation of revised teacher
and principal evaluation systems in 2013-14.
Whereas current evaluation systems place their heaviest emphasis on professional
preparation and content knowledge, the new systems place maximum focus
on student achievement and high expectations
“All eight districts are thoroughly committed to a new evaluation
process,” said Helene Paroff, NEWESD 101 assistant superintendent
of student learning. “We commend them for both their commitment
to change and their willingness to work collaboratively across district
lines. This process will ultimately lead to a new system benefiting every
student in every district of the state.”
~Steve Witter, Executive Director