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Focused Evaluations - Rubric Scoring Eliminated

WAC Changes History

Starting in the 2016-2017, WAC 392-191A implemented a new policy for how Focused evaluations were implemented. For more information on the policy see article WAC Change - Carrying forward Comprehensive Score.

Based on guidance from the TPEP Steering Committee, eVAL has made additional changes to how Focused evaluations are managed to better align with the intent of the policy. Those changes are described below.

Focused Evaluations are no longer scored within the Student Growth and Summative portion of the evaluation.

The intent of a Focused evaluation is to allow the teacher to focus on an area without concern for what the performance level in that area may be. In fact, focusing on an area of weakness should be encouraged. The carry-forward score is supposed to ensure that the teacher's summative evaluation score for the year is at a minimum PROFICIENT.  Rubric scores that potentially highlight less than proficient performance is against this goal. Therefore, when working within the student growth and the summative evaluation sections, the evaluator will not be able to score at the rubric criterion or component level.

Summative Evaluation Report Score Summary Changes

The Summative Evaluation Report will have a new score summary section that eliminates the Criteria Score. In the past the Summative Report displayed a table at the top of the report that include values for the Criteria Score, and the Final Score. The Criteria Score reflected the summative rubric criteria score for the focused criteria. In some cases this score might be less than PROFICIENT. WIth the elimination of summative rubric scoring for Focused evaluations, this will never be the case and so this score has been eliminated from the Final Report.

There will now be a new table that has either one or two field.

  1. If the carry-forward score is DISTINGUISHED, then there will be a single field value representing the Carry-forward score.
  2. If the carry-forward score is PROFICIENT, and the evaluator has not specified that the teacher's performance was DISTINGUISHED for the current year, then there will be a single field value representing the Carry-forward score.
  3. If the carry-forward score is PROFICIENT, and the evaluator HAS specified that the teacher's performance was DISTINGUISHED for the current year, then there will be an additional field value indicating that the performance level for the current year was upgraded to DISTINGUISHED.

How to indicate a teacher's performance should be upgraded to DISTINGUISHED from a PROFICIENT Carry-forward score.

On the Summative/EOY Conference screen there is now a Focused Final Score section if the teacher is on a Focused Evaluation and their carry-forward score from the last Comprehensive evaluation was PROFICIENT.

If the evaluator leaves the checkbox unchecked, then there will be a single field in the Final Report Score Summary section of the Final Report indicating the Final Score is equal to the Carrry-foward score.

If the evaluator checks the checkbox, then there will be two fields in the Final Report Score Summary section of the Final Report indicating both the Carrry-forward score as well as the Final Score being upgraded to DISTINGUISHED.

Score Summary Table Changes

The Score Summary Table will be expanded to allow staff to see the progress made on focused evaluations without displaying performance levels. The table will now include the rubric component performance level rubric language with aggregated evidence package highlighting as is currently displayed on the component view within the Evidence/Scoring tab.

Special District Circumstances Requiring Component Scoring

In the unusual situation that a district has a unique need to score focused rubric components, we have added the ability for a district admin to configure a setting which will enable component scoring for focused evaluations.

When this settings is checked, then the evaluator will be able to score the rubric components on the student growth and summative screens and the Score Summary Table on the final report will reflect those scores as shading of the performance level column header as demonstrated in the following screenshot.

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