Here we share answers to questions that have been raised during our Educator Evaluation System trainings. DESE’s project leads, Claire Abbott and Samantha Warburton, have been extremely responsive to our questions– they usually provide answers in 24 hours, and sometimes within an hour!
What Does Proficiency Look Like?
Q: What does proficient performance “look like”? What exactly would you expect a teacher to be doing? To what extent DESE will define what things might “look like?”
A: DESE will provide no additional guidance around using the rubrics to define proficiency. That work will have to be done between evaluator and educator.
Is there a Limit to the Percentage of Teachers Rated Exemplary?
Q: Is there a percentage-based limit to the number of teachers that can be rated exemplary– any truth to this? (or needs improvement, for that matter)
A: No—there is no percentage-based limit associated with any performance category. The regulations place no numerical targets or requirements on the number of educators in each rating category.
Performance Ratings at the Mid-cycle Conference?
How do IPDPs Mesh with the new Evaluation System?
Q: How does the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) process relate to the new educator evaluation system?
A: Regarding IPDPs, the revised licensure regulations allow for educators to use activities in their educator plans to contribute to the IPDPs, and vice versa. Educators and evaluators are encouraged to align the two when possible. That said, an evaluation in no way affects one’s ability to renew their license.