• 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: Phase I Implementation to test and revise the rubric
    • 2020-2021: Phase II to test the rubric in multiple districts across the state
    • 2021-2022: Phase III 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 May. 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


    Fifth Rubric Redesign Steering Committee meeting - April 10

    The Rubric Redesign Steering Committee held its fifth meeting on April 10 in Camden Wyoming. The committee spent the morning debriefing their experiences testing the rubric in classrooms and feedback based on the testing experience. The committee reviewed and commented on a revised version of the rubric based on the feedback shared from testing. Committee members also examined teacher skills to add to the tool. Teacher skills are statements that describe what great teachers know and do to get the results outlined in the rubric language. The committee reviewed teacher skills pulled from the InTASC standards to identify to which parts of the draft rubric the skills aligned. Then, the committee prepared to do further testing before the next and final meeting on May 8.

    You can learn more about the rubric revision process at the Rubric Revision Steering Committee website. If you have ideas or feedback for consideration by the committee, please contact DPASII.trrp@doe.k12.de.us.

    Final Rubric Redesign Steering Committee meeting for 2018-2019 - May 8

    The Rubric Redesign Steering Committee held its sixth and final meeting for 2018-19 at the Collette Center in Dover on May 8. At this meeting, the committee reviewed an update draft of the rubric that has evolved given the feedback the committee has shared. The committee also continued to discuss teacher skills. Finally, the committee reviewed the priorities for the 2019-2020 school year, and identified their interest in ongoing participation in the committee. The priorities for 2019-2020 are to:

    • Systematically test the rubric in a large number of classrooms across the state, and finalize language by February 1
    • Identify and recommend any changes to the evaluation process
    • Develop resources and trainings to support educators to use the rubric in 2020-2021 and beyond
    • Engage educators across the state to inform and collect feedback

    This summer, the DDOE team will be working to prepare for these priorities, and the steering committee will reconvene in the early fall. You can find details and updates about the rubric revision process at the Rubric Revision Steering Committee website. 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

Last Modified on May 14, 2019