What is TPEP?

The Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP) is part of a broad education reform bill (E2SSB 6696) passed by the Washington State Legislature in 2010. North Thurston Public School is one of nine pilot sites that were charged with the development and piloting of new evaluation systems from 2010-12 school years.

How is the pilot evaluation system different from the current one?

Traditional evaluation systems have a two-level ranking of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” The legislation calls for a four-level rating system and 8 minimum criteria, including:

1.   Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement

2.   Demonstrating effective teaching practices

3.   Recognizing individual student learning needs and developing strategies to address those needs

4.   Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum

5.   Fostering and managing a safe, positive learning environment

6.   Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning

7.   Communicating and collaborating with parents and school community

8.   Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning


Who participated?

Every principal and assistant principal in the district participated in the teacher pilot, along with 124 teachers. All 21 principals took part in the principal evaluation pilot. Parent communication and input were also important parts of the pilot process.

Who oversaw the NTPS pilot?

A steering committee, including representatives from a variety of educational organizations as well as Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Office, oversaw the pilot at the state level. In the district, another steering committee made up of teachers, principals and select district administrators oversaw the project.

How was the pilot funded?

The pilot projects were funded through state grants of $100,000-$180,000 a year for a two-year pilot. North Thurston Public Schools received about $336,000 for our 2-year pilot.

How will this pilot help improve student learning?

The new model provides teachers and principals with opportunities to reflect on specific strengths and areas for professional growth in teaching and learning. The new evaluation model will be a more collaborative approach, including goal-setting, classroom observation and self-reflection. The pilot will be grounded in effective tools, research and effective instructional practices, with the ultimate goal to improve student learning and success.

Last Modified on July 10, 2012