• The Delaware Department of Education is revising the DPAS-II Teacher Evaluation System!

    DPAS-II is the second edition of the Delaware Performance Appraisal System. Much has changed since the DPAS-II rubric was introduced several years ago. So, we are beginning a multi-year process to redesign the rubric so that it best meets the needs of Delaware’s teachers and students. The redesign will occur in the following phases:

    • 2018-2019: Rubric design by a Steering Committee of educators
    • 2019-2020:Phase I Implementation to test and revise the rubric, determine potential process changes, develop communications, training and resources
    • 2020-2021:Phase II to test the rubric and proposed process changes in multiple districts across the state
    • 2021-2022: Phase III Full implementation of the new system

    We have just begun our second year of work to redesign the teacher evaluation system in Delaware. There are three core priorities driving the work this year, Year 1 of Implementation:

    • Comprehensive rubric testing: We will engage in two phases of testing the rubric in dozens of classrooms across Delaware. Systematic testing allows us to finalize the rubric language; identify impacts the new rubric has on the observation and evaluation process; and identify priorities for training and communication. A Steering Committee of educators will drive the rubric testing work.
    • Update the process: The new rubric means we may need to make changes to our evaluation process and structures. A Working Group of educators will lead efforts to identify and recommend process changes.
    • Prepare training and communication: We will build communications materials, trainings and resources to ensure that all educators are aware of the redesigned rubric and updates to the process, and that we are ready to ensure that all educators receive training on the new system. A Work Group of educators will lead the work to identify training priorities and create materials.

    Steering Committee and Working Group Meetings

    The Steering Committee and Working Groups will meet on the following dates to pursue the objectives above.

    Steering Committee
    September 11
    November 13
    January 8

    Process Working Group
    October 9
    December 11
    February 5

    Training Committee
    January 22
    March 11

    Are you familiar with the opportunity myth?

    Opportunity Myth is a report that highlights ways to improve instruction, so that the education our student's receive is equal to their promise regardless of their background - Opportunity Myth

    According to the Opportunity Myth, there are 4 key resources students need in their daily experiences:

    1. Consistent opportunities to work on grade-appropriate assignments

    2. Strong instruction, where students do most of the thinking in a lesson

    3. Deep engagement in what they’re learning

    4. Teachers who hold high expectations for students and believe they can meet grade-level standards

    Recent Updates

    All updates are available on our Updates page

    Rubric Redesign Steering Committee Year 1 - First Meeting September 11

    The Rubric Redesign Steering Committee convened on Wednesday September 11 for its first of three meetings this year. The committee includes members who engaged in rubric design last year, as well as educators new to the Committee. At the meeting, the committee dug deeply into the content of the new rubric in an effort to calibrate and prepare for systematic testing. The Committee is pursuing the following testing goals:

    • Find patterns in the evidence collected for each indicator
    • Determine if/where there is overlap in indicators
    • Determine which indicators allow for an abundance of evidence
    • Determine which indicators do not allow for an abundance of evidence

    The committee then planned out their testing efforts, which will occur through October 31. At the next meeting on November 13, the Committee will debrief testing and review data collected to make final recommendations on updates to rubric content, and to make process recommendations for consideration by the Process Working Group.

    How can I get updates on the DPAS-II redesign?

    Keep watch on this page for more information about the rubric revision process, and for additional opportunities to provide feedback! You can also see older updates on our Updates page.

    If you have questions about the rubric revisions or about the Steering Committee, please email DPASII.trrp@doe.k12.de.us

Last Modified on September 19, 2019