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Non-PTS and PTS

Teachers in their first three years of practice within the district are considered non-PTS (not yet granted Professional Teacher Status) and are on a Developing Educator Plan under the current evaluation system.  Once a teacher has achieved PTS, they transition to a 2-year evaluation cycle on a Self-Directed Educator Plan as long as they continue to receive formative and summative ratings of Proficient or Exemplary.

The table below highlights some of the primary differences in educator evaluation between teachers with and without PTS.

Developing  Educator
Self-Directed Growth Plan
Directed Growth Plan
Plan Duration 1 year 2 years* 1 year or less
Mid-Cycle Report January
Formative Assessment Report
May – End of Year
Formative Evaluation Report
Based on start and end dates of plan.
Announced Observations At least 1 None 2 (1 prior to Jan 31 and one after Jan 31)
Unannounced Observations At least 4, no more than 2 in any marking period At least 2 per evaluation cycle 2 (1 prior to Jan 31 and one after Jan 31)

Improvement plans are not included here, but are 45 school days (or more) in length and include additional requirements.

As always, if you have questions about plans, observations, or any aspect of the evaluation system, please contact me at or book a time using the Book Now link in the right sidebar.

(1) Professional Status educators with a prior rating of Proficient or Exemplary.
(2) Professional Status educators with a prior rating of Needs Improvement
* Once DDM trends have been established, educators with ratings of Proficient or Exemplary but Student Impact Ratings of low will be placed on a 0ne-year Self-Directed Growth Plan



Educator Evaluation Comes to “How Do I Do That?”

I am happy to announce that Educator Evaluation Support will be available during How Do I Do That? sessions this year.  In addition to tech integration and educator evaluation support each session, Instructional Coaches will be available to work with teachers on new initiatives and collaborative projects whenever schedules allow.  For the first session, October 13, 2015, Math and Science Coaches will be available.


For information on upcoming How Do I Do That? sessions, check out the BPS EdTech blog.

Step 1: Self-Assessment

Getting started with the Evaluation Cycle

As always, if you would like assistance during any portion of the evaluation cycle, please contact me at or book a time using the “Book Now” link in the sidebar to the right.

The first step of the evaluation cycle is Self-Assessment. This includes an assessment of strengths and priority areas for both student learning and professional practice.  A new page has been added to this website with information specific to the Self-Assessment process.

A. Completing the Self-Assessment

i. The evaluation cycle begins with the Educator completing and submitting to the Evaluator a self-assessment by October 1st or within four weeks of the start of their employment at the school, except for the first year of this agreement when it shall be completed by November 1st.

ii. The self-assessment includes:

a. An analysis of evidence of student learning, growth and achievement for students under the Educator’s responsibility.

b. An assessment of practice against each of the four Performance Standards of effective practice using the district’s rubric.

c. Proposed goals to pursue:
(1st) At least one goal directly related to improving the Educator’s own professional practice.(2nd) At least one goal directly related to improving student learning. (Collective Bargaining Agreement 2014-2017)

New Page – Resources


In response to a number of queries as to where to find the professional standards rubric and other documents, I have created a new page on this blog, “Resources.”  Click on the link in the menu bar to access copies of rubrics, quick reference guides about the evaluation process, and more.

Please let me know what other resources you would like to see added.

Mid-Cycle Formative Assessments

Have you set a date for your Mid-Cycle Formative Assessments?

The time is coming up when Educators on 1-year Educator Evaluation Plans will go through the mid-cycle formative assessment process with their Evaluator.  This typically occurs in January but the specific date is set by mutual agreement between the Educator and Evaluator.  (See table of dates at the bottom of this post.)  Educators on 2-year Self-Directed Plans also engage in a mid-cycle review close to the end of the year, the Formative Evaluation.

For clarification, Educators on 1-year plans are primarily Educators in their first three years and/or who do not yet have Professional Teacher Status (PTS).  These Educators are on Developing Educator Plans.  One-year Directed Growth Plans are written when an Educator has received a rating of Needs Improvement.

Through the Formative Assessment, as with the overall evaluation process, evaluators are expected to give targeted constructive feedback to Educators based on their observations of practice (announced and unannounced), examination of artifacts, and analysis of multiple measures of student learning, growth and achievement in relation to the Standards and Indicators of Effective Teaching Practice (the Rubric).  The Formative Assessment Report should also provide written feedback to the Educator about his/her progress towards attaining the goals set forth in the Educator Plan.

“No less than two weeks before the due date for the Formative Assessment Report, which shall be collaboratively agreed upon by the Educator and the Evaluator, the Educator shall provide to the Evaluator evidence of family outreach and engagement, fulfillment of professional responsibility and growth, and progress on attaining professional practice and student learning goals.” (Memorandum of Agreement)

It is not required for the Educator and Evaluator to meet unless one party requests to do so.  This meeting can be either before or after completion of the the Formative Assessment Report.

The Evaluator is responsible for providing a signed copy of the Formative Assessment Report to the Educator.  The Educator is required to sign the report within 5 school days of receipt.  The signature indicates that the report was received in a timely fashion and does not indicate agreement or disagreement with its contents. The Educator may also reply in writing to the report within 10 school days of receipt.  The Educator’s reply will then be attached to the report in the Educator’s personnel file.

The assumption is that the ratings in the Formative Assessment Report will, in most cases, reflect no change from the last Summative Evaluation.  If the rating differs, the Evaluator may place the Educator on a different Educator Plan, appropriate to the new rating.  Also, as a result of the report, the Evaluator may change the activities in the Educator Plan.  This is a good time for Educators to reflect upon Professional Practice and Student Learning Goals and discuss any adjustments that both feel are appropriate.

As always, I am available to discuss this process as well as any feedback with you.  Contact me at or book an appointment online using the widget at the top of the sidebar to the right.

Time Line

Timing Action
2 Weeks before Report Educator provides evidence of family outreach, professional, practice, and progress on goals.
Formative Assessment Report Date set by Educator and Evaluator (usually January)
5 School Days after receipt Educator signs report to indicate timely receipt. Signature does not indicate agreement or disagreement.
10 School Days after receipt Educator submits a written response to filed with the report. (Optional)