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.
The Steering Committee will convene 6 times between November and April. The Steering Committee will meet in Dover on the following dates at the following locations from 8:30-3:30.November 19th-Cabinet Room in the Townsend BuildingDecember 12th-Cabinet Room in the Townsend BuildingJanuary 9th-Delaware State Police Troop 3, CamdenMarch 7th-Cabinet Room in the Townsend BuildingApril 10th-Delaware State Police Troop 3, CamdenMay 8th-Science Room, Collette Center, Dover
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:
Consistent opportunities to work on grade-appropriate assignments
Strong instruction, where students do most of the thinking in a lesson
Deep engagement in what they’re learning
Teachers who hold high expectations for students and believe they can meet grade-level standards
All updates are available on our Updates page
Third Steering Committee meeting
The Steering Committee held its third meeting on January 9 in Camden Wyoming. Prior to this meeting, the DOE staff reviewed the recommendations that the committee made for content from the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards for what should be included in the DE rubric. At the January 9 meeting, the committee reviewed the DDOE’s draft of buckets of content for the rubric. The committee first viewed a video of teaching in an attempt to identify language that was clear, and language that should be clearer. Then, the committee worked in groups to provide specific recommendations for adjustments to the draft, and shared their overall feedback about what should be included and what should be added.
Next up, the DDOE team will review feedback from the committee and create the first draft of the DE rubric. The committee will reconvene March 7 to review and begin to test this draft. Stay tuned to the Rubric Revision Steering Committee website for updates and a sneak peek of the draft.
Fourth Steering Committee meeting
The Rubric Redesign Steering Committee held its fourth meeting on March 7 in Dover. The committee took a break in February to allow time for the DDOE team to synthesize committee feedback and to create the first draft of the observation rubric. During the March meeting, committee members tested the draft using the rubric with video, and provided feedback and recommendations for rubric edits. The committee also prepared to test the rubric in classrooms during the month of March. Rubric testing will allow committee members to use the rubric in a variety of classroom types and contexts, and to identify feedback specific to the usability of the draft tool. In April, committee members will reconvene to share their reflections after testing and to make additional updates.
If you have ideas or feedback for consideration by the committee, please email: DPASII.email@example.com.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org