Educator Effectiveness

Educator Effectiveness

Introduction and Context Setting

Welcome to the Educator Effectiveness Website.

The website will provide up-to-date information and resources regarding the Educator Effectiveness System.

The Educator Effectiveness System has been designed to reform the way we evaluate teachers, educational specialists, and principals, as well as the critical components of training for professional growth.

Two decades of research have consistently told us that teachers matter more to student outcomes than any other in-school factor. Improving the effectiveness of teachers is critical to student success, as well as creating safe, nurturing school environments based on the premise of high expectations for all. Through the Educator Effectiveness System, Pennsylvania is actively engaged in improving teaching and learning by implementing better teacher, educational specialist, and principal evaluation systems and providing these professionals with the feedback they need to improve their practice.

Thank you for your commitment to this work.

Background and Purpose of the Race to the Top Grant


The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is in its third phase of the continued development and implementation of a new teacher evaluation system in the 2012-2013 school year. The major elements of the project include:

  • A detailed teaching practice rubric based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching;
  • Refinement of the “multiple measures of student achievement” and their correlation with the teaching practice rubric;
  • Detailed guidance on the evaluation process, its components and the evidence to be considered for evaluation;
  • Refinement of a formula for determining the summative evaluation rating;
  • Participation in the training network through the intermediate units;
  • External evaluators to analyze the third phase of the project; and
  • Utilization of an online evaluator training system to address inter-rater reliability. 

Purpose of Grant

In December 2011, Pennsylvania was awarded $41,326,299 under the federally-funded Race to the Top grant program. The primary objective of Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top Local Education Agency (LEA) Grant program is for participating local entities to adopt and implement Pennsylvania’s Educator Effectiveness instrument and to use the evaluation process and results to inform local decisions regarding professional development and staff retention in support of student achievement. 

Upcoming Events

Implementation Timeline

The new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Principal Effectiveness Evaluation System will be implemented beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. It will be fully operational (utilizing all measures) in 2015-2016. 

In 2014-2015, the Observation/Evidence data, Building Level Data, and Student Learning Objective measures will be fully operational. Because Teacher Specific Data relies on three years of standardized test scores to determine PVAAS growth, the Correlation Data based on Teacher Level Measures will first be operational beginning in 2015-2016, utilizing data from 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016.

Principal Effectiveness System

Non-Teaching Specialist Effectiveness System

What's to Come

Benefits of the Educator Effectiveness Project for SDP.