• 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 Building
    December 12th-Cabinet Room in the Townsend Building 
    January 9th-Delaware State Police Troop 3, Camden  
    March 7th-Cabinet Room in the Townsend Building
    April 10th-Delaware State Police Troop 3, Camden
    May 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:

    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

    Second Steering Committee meeting

    The Rubric Redesign Steering Committee held its second meeting on December 12 in Dover. During this meeting, committee members focused on identifying content for the teacher evaluation rubric being redesigned. The committee referenced two resources and made recommendations on expectations for teachers, and for students, that should be considered for the next iteration of the teacher rubric.

    The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards were adopted by Delaware in 2014 to serve as the guiding professional standards for teachers. Committee members reviewed the standards to identify content that is directly observable in classrooms, and recommend content for the rubric. The committee also read the recent research report The Opportunity Myth which outlines a core challenge facing schools in the U.S.: far too many students are graduating underprepared for college. The report identifies four key resources that students need in schools to be successful. Committee members considered how these resources would be present in classrooms and what teaching and learning would look like in classrooms that are best serving kids. These considerations also informed the content committee members recommended.

    The committee will reconvene on January 9 to review the content they recommended bucketed into categories, and to begin drafting out the rubric.

    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.

    If you have ideas or feedback for consideration by the committee, please email: DPASII.trrp@doe.k12.de.us.

    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

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