Educators believe in high standards and meaningful evaluation
Meaningful teacher evaluation involves an accurate appraisal of effective teaching, strengths and areas for development, followed by feedback, conversations, coaching, support and opportunities for professional learning. The WEA continues to work to ensure the state-wide teacher and principal evaluation program (TPEP) reflects this perspective.
WEA Professional Learning Available
Register for our TPEP trainings. Courses are available to WEA members statewide unless a specific local or council is noted. All courses on student growth goals focus on the newly revised student growth goal rubrics.
Developing Student Growth Goals
Learn about the changes to TPEP Student Growth Goals. Examine the shifts, including an increased focus on educator reflection, and using students' assets in developing goals. Learn more about the role that student growth plays in a TPEP evaluation. You will have the opportunity to explore tools and resources for your own student growth goal-setting process.
Statewide training: Developing Student Growth Goals. Thursday, December 8, 2022. 4:30-7:30. Register. Open to WEA members statewide.
Developing Student Growth Goals: Cohort series
Work with a group of educators over several sessions to plan, implement, monitor, and reflect on a student growth goal setting in your own context. Learn about changes in TPEP Student Growth Goals in Washington state. Examine the shifts, including an increased focus on educator reflection, and the role of educator knowledge of students' assets. You will have the opportunity to explore tools and resources for your own student growth goal-setting process. Open to all WEA members statewide. Please register for all three sessions. 6 clock hours.
Session 1 of 3: Developing Student Growth Goals, Cohort series. Tuesday, October 11, 4:30-6:30. Register.
Session 2 of 3: Developing Student Growth Goals, Cohort series. Tuesday, December 6, 4:30-6:30. Register.
Session 3 of 3: Developing Student Growth Goals, Cohort series. Tuesday, January 17. 2023, 4:30-6:30. Register.
TPEP 101: Artifacts and Evidence
Explore the major components of the TPEP evaluation process and learn about updates which enhance professional growth and improve student learning. Areas of emphasis include state criteria, comprehensive and focused evaluations, and scoring methodologies. Demystify collecting and providing evidence. Get tips to harvest evidence to best represent your instruction, and authentically align evidence to your framework. 2 clock hours.
For more information or to schedule a training
Please contact Maren Johnson for questions or inquiries on TPEP policy and practice, or if you would like to schedule a training.
WEA offers both in-person and online training. Sessions are available for members only, or for members and administrators learning together. Available trainings:
Writing Student Growth Goals: This course focuses on writing and implementing effective student growth goals, using the new student growth goal rubrics. It is available in two formats:
- One three hour session: Exploration of critical attributes, student assets, and a guide for designing your student growth goal process
- Cohort series: Three sessions, each two hours. A deeper dive into Critical Attributes, Student Assets, and a guide for designing your Student Growth Goal process, including opportunities for collaboration and peer feedback
Artifacts and Evidence--TPEP 101: This 2-hour course includes an introduction to the TPEP system. It is also aimed at helping you understand the evidence and artifacts needed to support and maintain proficiency through the evaluation process.
WEA is providing professional development asynchronous courses on the Canvas learning management system (LMS). The two coruses below are available at no charge to members. Register for each course using the link listed next to the course name. You will receive an email confirmation from WEA as well as a registration email from Instructure/Canvas. Once you complete the course including the evaluation, you will receive a clock hour verification form within 7-10 business days.
These courses were created with flexibility in mind, hence there are no due dates for discussions or assignments, except for the final deadlines each year. You will move through the course at your own pace. Think of the course like a book with some interaction. While there are no due dates, there are some important deadlines listed below.
Monday, May 29th, 2023
- Last day to register for a course
Monday, June 5th, 2023
- Last day to complete course and submit assignments
Monday, June 19th, 2023
- Last day to complete the Evaluation and Completion Confirmation for clock hours
Friday, June 30th, 2023
- Last day to record clock hours in OSPI eCertification for certificates expiring June 30th, 2023
For certificates expiring this year, the last day to submit an application through OSPI eCertification for certificate renewal is June 30th, 2023. However, WEA needs time to process your clock hours and time to address any issues that may occur, which is why the last date to complete the course is June 5th.
TPEP 101 (4 Hours) | Registration
Participants will review the main components of the TPEP 4-tiered evaluation process and learn about the updates of the system to enhance their professional growth and improve student learning. Areas of emphasis will include the state eight criteria, the three OSPI approved instructional frameworks, rubrics, student growth rubrics, comprehensive and focused evaluation comparisons, probation, and the scoring methodologies for evaluation.
Note: This course is for WEA members
TPEP Evidence and Artifacts (8 Hours) | Registration
Participants deepen their understanding of the certificated TPEP 4-tiered evaluation system to enhance effective teaching practice and student learning. There will be an emphasis on exploring evidence and artifacts from multiple origins including observations, student growth, reflective and professional practice, and through conversations. Participants will also start aligning evidence with their instructional framework using a component alignment tool.
Note: This course is for WEA members
Our TPEP mission statement
The over-arching objective of teacher evaluation is to ensure that an authentic process contributes to the improvement and enhancement of teacher practice resulting in improved student learning. Good evaluation provides both formative and summative feedback and the feedback is used primarily for growth. Improving the efficiency and quality of schooling depends, in large measure, on ensuring that teachers are highly skilled, well resourced and well supported.
TPEP should reflect educator values and practice
WEA members believe our evaluation system should:
- Hold teachers and principals accountable to high standards
- Have the faith, confidence and support of the teachers who are being evaluated
- Measure student growth over time by using multiple measures determined locally
- Use reliable, valid assessments to measure student growth in ways that help both teachers and students
- Provide school districts flexibility to meet student and teacher needs
- Provide the support, feedback and resources teachers need to strengthen their teaching
- Encourage and value collaboration among teachers, administrators, and their local communities
- Emphasize the success of students and teachers rather than focusing on deficits
- Exist within a K-12 school system that is fully funded by the state as required by the state Constitution and the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision
How WEA is involved with TPEP
WEA has been involved in TPEP from the very beginning and remains involved in the development, refinement, and implementation of TPEP:
- State Steering Committee: The WEA participates collaboratively with AWSP, WASA, WSSDA, PTSA, and OSPI on the state steering committee and continues to positively refine the evaluation system.
- Legislation: The WEA influenced the crafting of new legislation (SB 6696; SB 5895, HB 1139), including changes to teacher and principal evaluation. Elements related to evaluation criteria, differentiated four tier rating scales and the architecture and frequency around focused and comprehensive teacher evaluation were some of the enhancements. The WEA has been instrumental in keeping out mandated use of state-wide assessment data to determine teacher quality.
- Professional Learning and support to local associations: The WEA helps locals across the state construct effective evaluation systems for districts and provides professional learning opportunities for our members. Writing student growth goals and evidence and artifacts are some of our member-designed trainings.