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

    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: Mini-pilot to test and revise the rubric
    • 2020-2021: Full pilot of the rubric in multiple districts across the state
    • 2021-2022: Full implementation of the new rubric

    What is being redesigned?

    The Department is undertaking a redesign of the DPAS-II for Teachers rubric. The revision will not include the Student Improvement Component. The redesign will also only focus on the DPAS-II for Teachers rubric. If you have feedback on the DPAS-II for Specialists rubric, please contact Melissa Oates, who will be coordinating support and resources for Specialists. If you have feedback on the DPAS-II for Principals rubric, please contact Mike Saylor, who will be coordinating updates to that framework.

    Why are we redesigning the DPAS-II for Teachers rubric?

    We have heard from educators across the state that the current DPAS-II rubric needs to be revised. Much has changed in Delaware since DPAS-II was last revised, mostly notably the implementation of the Common Core and adoption of InTASC Model Core teaching Standards for teachers. It’s time that the teacher evaluation rubric evolve as well to meet the changing dynamics in Delaware.

    We need your voice in the redesign process!

    The Department is currently recruiting educators from across the state to participate in the Rubric Redesign Steering Committee. Members of the Steering Committee will:

    • Serve as a representative on the committee, sharing your voice in this important process
    • Examine other rubrics in use elsewhere
    • Create a new rubric or adapt the existing rubric
    • Test/practice using rubric drafts in classrooms
    • Make a recommendation for a draft rubric for the fall 2019 mini-pilot
    • Serve as an ambassador to the field to engage other stakeholders and support buy-in
    • Attend all meetings, and review materials between meetings

    We are looking for current teachers, school-administrators, district administrators and representatives from teacher preparation programs to engage in the committee. The list below outlines a few of our desired skills, mindsets, and experiences for Steering Committee members:


    • Coaching teachers on instructional strategy and/or experience implementing instructional strategies related to the Common Core and InTASC standards
    • Sharing experiences and implementing professional development
    • Open-minded and flexible
    • Hands-on process/willing to engage
    • Solutions-oriented


    • Minimum of 3 years teaching in Delaware and/or minimum of 3 years evaluating teachers using DPAS-II or an approved system
    • Served on or led initiatives/committees
    • Demonstrates effectiveness (DPAS rating and supervisor recommendation)

    Selected educators must commit to attending all meetings and completing work between meetings (e.g., reviewing rubric, testing rubrics, etc.)

    The Steering Committee will convene 6 times between November and April; participants should expect to spend a full-day engaged in revision activities. The Steering Committee will meet in Dover on the following dates:

    November 19
    December 12
    January 9
    February 7
    March 7
    April 10

    The Department expects Steering Committee members to attend all meetings; the Department will provide funds for substitutes where applicable.

    All educators in the state of Delaware, including teachers/instructional coaches, school leaders, district leaders, and other education professionals are encouraged to apply.

    The application for the Steering Committee is now closed.  Applicants will be informed of their status in the upcoming weeks.

    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!

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

Last Modified on October 19, 2018