Educator Effectiveness in Wisconsin
A summary of the design, development and implementation
of the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System
Sheila J. Briggs
@sjbriggs on Twitter
Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Academic Excellence
Department of Public Instruction
Purpose of Wisconsin’s Educator Effectiveness System
Design & Development of the System
Educator Practice & Student Outcomes
Managing the Evaluation Process
Pilot Feedback and Changes to the System
The Bottom Line
Research shows that teacher and leader
effectiveness are the two most important school
factors influencing student achievement.
A new research-based evaluation system is needed
to identify and support educator effectiveness in
Every Child a Graduate College & Career Ready
Standards & Instruction
• What and how should kids learn?
Assessments and Data Systems
• How do we know if they learned it?
School and Educator Effectiveness
• How do we ensure that students have
highly effective teachers and schools?
School Finance Reform
• How should we pay for schools?
School and Educator Effectiveness
How do we ensure kids have highly effective teachers and schools?
Replace broken No Child Left Behind requirements with a new
state accountability and support system;
Replicate best practices from high-performing schools and
provide support to improve the lowest-performing schools;
Advance a fair and robust educator evaluation system.
The EE Movement
State Superintendent’s Educator Effectiveness Design
Team convened in December 2010
Agrees upon Educator Effectiveness (EE) Framework in
State legislation (Act 166)
Endorses the EE system established by Design Team
Requires all Wisconsin districts to implement the EE System by
• Federal push: (July 2012) ESEA Waiver approval
ESEA waiver includes three reform initiatives: standards and
assessments, the school accountability system, and the
Educator Effectiveness System
EE Design Team
established the system framework and
guiding principles in 2011
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Association of Wisconsin School Administrators
Office of the Governor
Professional Standards Council (PSC)
Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges &
Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB)
Wisconsin Association of School District
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)
are developing the various components of
the system, fulfilling the established design
Teacher Practice Workgroup (2012)
Principal Practice Workgroup (2012)
SLO Workgroup (2012)
Measurement Workgroup (2013)
Data & Reporting Workgroup (2013)
Teachscape Workgroup (2013)
IHE Workgroup (2013)
Supporting the Process
Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER), UW-Madison
• Strategic Management of Human Capital project
• Value-Added Research Center
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
• Great Lakes West (GLW)
• National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (NCCTQ)
Further Informing the Work:
• Wisconsin participation in the State Consortium on Educator
Effectiveness (SCEE) as part of the Council of Chief State School
Guiding Principles of the System
An educator evaluation system must deliver information that:
• Guides effective educational practice that is aligned with
student learning and development
• Documents evidence of effective educator practice
• Documents evidence of student learning
• Informs appropriate professional development
• Informs educator preparation programs
• Supports a full range of human resource decisions
• Is credible, valid, reliable, comparable, and uniform
In short, what is the EE System?
Wisconsin’s EE System is an evaluation and support system focusing on
professional growth and development—from pre-service through service—that
leads to improved student learning.
Ultimately, the system is aimed at helping students succeed in order to
graduate college and career ready, in alignment with the State Superintendent’s
strategic plan, Agenda 2017.
Designed by Wisconsin educators for Wisconsin educators.
Designed to evaluate both principals and teachers through a fair, valid and
reliable process using multiple measures across two main areas:
educator practice and student outcomes.
Developed and implemented thoughtfully, over time, using feedback from
educators to refine the system.
• The EE System balances educator
practice (observations, artifacts, etc.) with
student outcomes (student learning
objectives, value-added scores, graduation
• Multiple measures, multiple data points
and multiple years will all be factored into
an educator’s final rating.
Principal and Teacher Outcome Measures
Standards & Rubrics
Teacher Practice (InTASC)
• Standards: Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
• Rubric: Framework for Teaching (Charlotte Danielson)
Principal Practice (ISLLC)
• Standards: Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards
• Rubric: Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership
Why These Rubrics?
Teacher Practice (InTASC)
The Framework for Teaching has a rigorous research background,
including content validity and criterion validity. It is aligned with the
InTASC Standards, and now with the Common Core, and widely used
throughout Wisconsin and the nation.
Principal Practice (ISLLC)
Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership, after lengthy review of
other principal effectiveness rubrics, was developed by Wisconsin
educators. It is aligned with ISLLC and has a strong focus on educator
talent management, instructional leadership, and principal influence on
What Do the Rubrics Cover?
Danielson Framework for Teaching
Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership
Domain 1: Planning & Preparation
Domain 1: Effective Educators
Domain 2: The Classroom Environment
Domain 3: Instruction
Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities
Human Resource Leadership
Domain 2: Leadership Actions
• Intentional and Collaborative School Culture
• School Management
Student / School Learning Objectives (SLOs)
• SLOs are an annual goal-setting process .
• Student Learning Objectives are teacher
developed goals. School Learning
Objectives are principal developed goals.
• Goal alignment.
Technology to Manage the System
Teaching is complex and so is evaluating it.
DPI is contracting with Teachscape to provide a research-based
platform to manage the evaluation process.
Teachscape will be available to all Wisconsin educators. Each
teacher and principal will see their own personalized
What is Teachscape?
Teachscape is a powerful software platform that
For more info, visit www.teachscape.com
facilitates the observation and data collection process
provides a video-rich library of professional resources
Certified Evaluators via Teachscape
Administrators who will be evaluating educators must be certified by
passing the Framework for Teaching proficiency test before evaluating
any staff member.
Certification test was developed as a scientifically sound test for
assessing classroom observers.
Assesses observers’ knowledge of the Framework for Teaching and
ability to make accurate judgments of teaching practice.
Two part assessment takes approximately 5-7 hours.
Measures observer judgment across content areas: English language
arts, mathematics, science, social studies
Grades K–5, 6–8, K–8, 9–12, K–12 versions of the test
Schools and districts have the option of identifying an
Effectiveness Coach to be a local system coordinator who
guides educators through the EE System. Possible
Assist with observations, helping to manage the process
Serve as an instructional coach, supporting teacher evaluation
Serve as a leadership coach, supporting principal evaluation
Provide data facilitation, supporting SLO component
Liaise for EE communications and EE processes, serving as
point person for school/district .
Pilot Participant Feedback:
• Powerful, yet demanding
• Principal capacity and Rating cycles
• Development of Livebinders
• SLO Toolkit
• Coaching Conversations
• Deep Dive Modules
Communication and Support
• Increase local implementation support
• Contract with CESAs
• Develop DPI positions with focus on
Leveraging Social Media
• Training locally delivered and supported
• Change in training allows cost-savings, focus more
funds on supports (CESA and PRMG)
Change in training plans to model ongoing, jobembedded PD
Full Pilot Adjustments
CESA Pilot Networking Opportunities
Feedback requests on website
Katie Twitter Chats, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
External Evaluator: Curtis Jones, UW-Milwaukee
Scoring of Observations
Modifications/Guidance to the System for certain mandated
“teachers” and “principals”
WI Principal Workflow has been uploaded into the
Technical support has been increased by 50% and will
maintain a staffed Wisconsin support line since
Improved artifact collection processes and capabilities
Feedback process is in place for revising TS
Coming soon: new functionality to manage/maintain
user setup and accounts locally.
Educator Effectiveness Timeline
November 2011August 2012
Sept 2012- June 2013
Sept. 2013- June 2014
Full Pilot (1200
DPI Included Roles Flowchart
Statewide Implementation (2014-15)
All districts in Wisconsin are required to begin
implementing the EE System in 2014-15.
Districts that participate in pilot activities will have
more time and training under their belts by 2014-15.
Regardless of pilots, all educators are strongly
encouraged to begin the process of understanding the
EE System, educating their staff and community, and
conducting in-depth planning for 2014-15.
System Training: Required for DPI Model
• Create Implementation Planning Team
• Review, share with staff, and schedule for the
statewide training plan for full statewide
implementation in 2014-15
Communicate about Educator Effectiveness
When licenses are provisioned, begin rater
training and certification
Support & Guidance
• Guidance available now:
• Principal Process Guide (for the evaluation of principals)
• Teacher Process Guide (for the evaluation of teachers)
• Communications Toolkit includes the EE Readiness Tool
• EE website, EE News, EE Twitter
• SLO training and database of SLO examples by grade and content area
Guidance in development:
• Capacity Study
Support & Guidance
• Funding Teachscape
• Funding regional support and liaising with Implementation Coaches
• Coordinating trainings for pilots, implementation, Teachscape, etc.
Regional Support (CESAs):
• Technical Assistance – mainly phone and web-based support
• Implementation Coaches – mainly in-person support – will serve as the local
point of contact, and will liaise with DPI.
Urban District Support:
• Implementation Coaches identified for five largest districts (Green Bay,
Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine) will serve as the local point of
contact, and will liaise with DPI.
New or Updated Training Tools
Balanced Assessment Frameworks and the SLO process
Infobrief and PD
Teachscape Splash Page Screencasts
Maximizing social media--@KatharineRainey
“Consistent Statewide”, “Still in Development”, “Flexible”
Pinterest, Twitter, Google +
Educator Effectiveness Website: http://ee.dpi.wi.gov/
Using Educator Effectiveness to Inform Human Resource Decisions:
District Administrator Toolkit: http://ee.dpi.wi.gov/tools/dist-admin-toolkit
Teachscape Splash Page:
Local Communication Toolkit: http://ee.dpi.wi.gov/tools/local-comm-toolkit
Flowchart to Identify Mandated Educators:
CESA Implementation Coaches
For more information or for questions on the EE System, please
Educator Effectiveness Team
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction