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

    The final draft of the Classroom Teacher Observation Tool is now available.

    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

    February 5 Process Working Group Meeting

    The Process Working Group of the Rubric Redesign Steering Committee met for their third and final meeting on February 5 at Troop 3 in Camden-Wyoming. At this meeting the working group reviewed the overall process, discussed final details of the proposed process, and made recommendations on final decisions. Details include how many observations to require, and how long observations should be; how to structure feedback conferences; and how to arrive at summative ratings. The group also reviewed the current plans for pilot training, and discussed recommendations for content for training and resources. This was the final meeting of the Process Working Group; the group’s recommendations will be shared with the DPAS-II Advisory Committee and the Secretary of Education to be finalized before the 2020-2021 pilot.

    January 22 Training Working Group meeting

    The Training Working Group of the Rubric Redesign Steering Committee is comprised of a sub-set of steering committee members whose sole focus is on preparing training and resources for the pilot implementation of the redesigned system. The committee had their first meeting on January 22 at LOCATION. During this meeting, the group reviewed several in-progress resources and provided feedback and edits. These resources include:

    • A narrative description of the rubric
    • FAQs
    • A crosswalk between the new rubric and the DPAS-II rubric
    • A list of possible examples for each indicator in the new rubric

    The committee also examine the DOE’s current training strategy for the pilot, and make recommendations on frequency and types of training, as well as on content that should be included in the training for all pilot participants. The committee will reconvene in March to continue efforts to refine resources and training materials in preparation for the pilot implementation that begins this fall.

    January 8 Steering Committee Meeting

    The Rubric Redesign Steering Committee gathered for the group’s final meeting on January 8 at Troop 3 in Camden. The meeting agenda included closely examining data from the second round of rubric testing completed by committee members. Committee members also polished and finalized the Core Teacher Skills in the rubric, and brainstormed a name for the newly redesigned system. The committee also reviewed progress on the observation process design to date, and identified key questions and strategies for the state-wide pilot to launch this fall. Finally, the committee celebrated the work completed over the last 18 months, and prepared to release the final rubric in February!

    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 March 11, 2020