Assessment of professional practice is essential to providing teachers the support structures and strategies they need to improve instruction and increase positive student outcomes.
The DC Model Teacher Evaluation System (MTES) was developed to value ongoing feedback, high quality instructional goals, rigorous expectations and teacher voice.
Developed by DC educators for DC educators, the system:
- Maintains a focus on teacher improvement and instructional improvement;
- Values teacher expertise;
- Ensures school-based autonomy and flexibility; and
- Encourages innovation.
The system includes a framework for effective teaching, a corresponding rubric, and a suite of resources related to teacher evaluation. All of these tools are designed to support implementation in any DC school.
Key Tools and Resources
- Full Evaluation Rubric
- Classroom Observation Tool
- Teacher Action Plan Tool
- Rubric Supplement: Using the DC Model Teacher Evaluation System in Other Subjects
- Communications Toolkit
- Webinar Series
- Student Learning Objective (SLO) Quick Guidebook
- External Evaluation Report
- Video: September 2016 Training Session
About the DC Model Teacher Evaluation Rollout
The comprehensive DC Model Teacher Evaluation framework and its library of supporting resources to assess teacher performance were developed as part of a collaborative project between OSSE and a number of DC local education agencies (LEAs). The goal of this collaborative engagement was to develop a teacher evaluation system that could be used by any DC school.
During the 2015-16 school year, a group of seven DC LEAs, facilitated by OSSE, engaged in a year-long pilot of the DC Model Teacher Evaluation System. The goals of this pilot were to examine the implementation of the MTES at the participating LEAs’ sites and to build a culture of continual improvement around the MTES.
The MTES became available for adoption and implementation to all DC LEAs in 2016-17.
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