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Comprehensive Formal Observations

Comprehensive Formal

PAETEP’s Comprehensive Formal Observations tool ensures teachers and supervisors are adhering to Pennsylvania’s Act 13 Educator Effectiveness regulations. PAETEP’s dynamic Formal Observations includes a scripting tool for ease of collecting evidence. A rubric assessment tool is also available within the Comprehensive Formal Observations, 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 Comprehensive Formal Observations 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
    • Authentication
Comprehensive Formal Observations Screen

Once the Comprehensive Formal Observations process is completed within PAETEP, component ratings are visible on the 13 rating form along with all observation evidence in each of the domains. Final 13 form scores populate in the Reporting section of the software, including the Educator Effectiveness Annual Report (EEAR), and are used to calculate ESSA Educator Effectiveness ratings.

In addition to the required reports listed above, the information obtained during the Comprehensive Formal Observations 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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Do You Have the Tools You Need to Be Act 13-Compliant?

Pennsylvania Act 13 requires evidence to be gathered in a number of ways in support of the final effectiveness ratings on the new 13-1, 13-2 and 13-3 forms. As the only teacher evaluation tool that has the requirements built right into the software, PAETEP provides the specific tools and modules needed to collect the necessary evidence with ease! Check out all of the ways you can use PAETEP to address the Act 13 requirements!

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Act 13 Changes for the 2021-22 School Year

Pennsylvania Act 13 of 2020 has made modifications to the Educator Effectiveness process for the 2021-22 school year. Edulink has updated PAETEP to align with the new requirements at no additional cost to our clients. It has always been our philosophy to keep PAETEP fully compliant with PDE requirements.

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ESSER Funding Options for PA Educators

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act includes an additional $53.4 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). PAETEP and Comply may have applications related to providing school leaders with resources to continue to address the needs of their schools. Edulink is offering a 5% discount on three-year contracts as an option for districts looking for ways to allocate the new funding.

Unannounced Observations

PAETEP’s dynamic Comprehensive Formal Observations 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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