DC Model Teacher Evaluation System

Assessment of professional practice is essential to providing teacher the support structures and strategies they need to improve instruction and increase positive student outcomes.

The DC Model Teacher Evaluation System is built to value ongoing feedback, high quality instructional goals, rigorous expectations and teacher voice.

Developed by DC educators, the system:

  • Maintains a focus on teacher improvement and instructional improvement;
  • Values teacher expertise;
  • Ensures school-based autonomy and flexibility; and
  • Encourages innovation.

The system includes a framework for effective teaching, a corresponding rubric, and a suite of resources related to teacher evaluation. All of these tools are designed to support implementation in any DC school. 

Key Tools and Resources

About the DC Model Teacher Evaluation Rollout

The comprehensive DC model teacher evaluation framework and its associated rubric to assess teacher performance were designed as part of a collaborative project between OSSE, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, OSSE's principal LEA partner, and 13 additional participating DC local education agencies. The goal of this collaborative engagement was to develop a teacher evaluation system that could be used by any DC school.

During the 2015-2016 school year, a group of seven DC LEAs, facilitated by OSSE, will engage in a year-long pilot of the DC Model Teacher Evaluation System. The ongoing pilot of the system will drive progress toward twin goals of creating relevant, high-impact evaluation tools and building a culture of instructional improvement.

Feedback from the pilot will inform future enhancements and related analysis of data collected will tell us about the effectiveness of the system’s measures. The collaborative nature of the community of practice developed for the pilot will build capacity for DC schools to improve teacher evaluation and support.

Learn more about the model evaluation system pilot.