Eight 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