PA-ETEP’s Formal Observation ensures teachers and supervisors are adhering to Pennsylvania’s Act 82/13 Educator Effectiveness regulations. PA-ETEP’s dynamic Formal Observation includes a scripting tool for ease of collecting evidence. A rubric assessment tool is also available within the Formal Observation, allowing both the teacher and supervisor to rate each component from Failing, Needs Improvement, Proficient, to Distinguished. Links to the revised and refreshed frameworks, posted on PDE’s SAS portal are provided throughout the process. Below is an overview of the three main phases of the Formal Observation process:
- Pre-Observation Questionnaire
- Pre-Observation Conference
- Classroom Observation
- Evidence Collection/Scripting
- Evidence Editing
- Post-Observation Questionnaire/Reflection
- Self-Assessment Rubric
- Observation Summary Form
- Post-Observation Conference
Once the Formal Observation process is completed within PA-ETEP, component ratings are visible on the 82/13 rating form along with all observation evidence in each of the domains. Final 82/13 form scores populate in the Reporting section of the software, including the TPES (Teacher and Principal Evaluation Survey) report, and are used to calculate ESSA Educator Effectiveness ratings.
In addition to the required reports listed above, the information obtained during the Formal Observation process (component ratings and identified areas of growth and strength) are used to generate two other reports which aggregate scores across the district and can be instrumental in targeting future professional development.
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PAETEP’s dynamic Formal Observation tool gives supervisors the option to skip the initial phase, including the pre-observation questionnaire and pre-observation conference, creating an Unannounced Observation.
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