Educators believe in high standards and meaningful evaluation

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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 

WEA offers member-designed, member-led professional learning. Upcoming opportunities: 

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.  

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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.     
  3. 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.