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Student Performance Measure (SPM)

As part of Act 13 of 2020 and the Educator Effectiveness (EE) process used to evaluate professional employees in PK-12 education across Pennsylvania, PAETEP now includes the new Student Performance Measure (SPM) process. The SPM template has been built into PAETEP so that teachers can complete it electronically and submit to their supervisor for review.

The new Student Performance Measure (SPM) – LEA Selected Measure template and process are designed to facilitate active participation in the evaluation process while:

1) Aligning an identified student challenge or need to related school-level objectives and/or LEA-level priorities;

2) Encouraging instructional innovation based on latest research and trends; and

3) Improving educator practice.

The final score earned by the teacher on the SPM will constitute at least 10% of a teacher’s final summative score on the 13-1 form.

The SPM in PAETEP begins with identifying an Action Plan and submitting it to the supervisor. Once approved, the teacher will return to the SPM and complete the mid-year and year-end update.

Individual Education Plan (IEP)

As part of the Act 13 changes, a new IEP Goals Progress template is available in PAETEP for teachers to complete. The IEP Goals Progress template has been built into PAETEP so that teachers, if needed, can complete it electronically and submit to their supervisor for review.

  • A teacher should consult their LEA regarding the established n count to determine if they are required to complete an IEP Goals Progress at the beginning of each school year.
  • If required, the final score from the IEP Goals Progress process will constitute at least 2.5% of a teacher’s final summative score on the 13-1 form (that is, within the Teacher-Specific Data Rating section of the 13-1 form).

Inside PAETEP in the SPM section, teachers will click Create New and select IEP Goals Progress and the appropriate supervisor, complete the Beginning of Year Action Plan and submit to their supervisor for review and approval. Once approved, teachers can return to the IEP Goals Progress section to provide a Mid-Year and Year-End update.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Under Act 13, teachers are encouraged to complete a Student Performance Measure (SPM) template each school year for their LEA Selected Measure requirement. However, an LEA may still allow their teachers to complete an SLO template for this requirement. It is a LEA decision. Regardless of the LEA’s choice to use the new SPM or SLO process, the final score earned by the teacher on the SPM or SLO will constitute at least 10% of a teacher’s final summative score on the 13-1 form.

When teachers begin an SLO, they are prompted to select a supervisor that will be responsible for reviewing and approving their SLO.

The SLO process has three main phases, including the completion and approval of the SLO, updates (as needed), and final submission.

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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). PA-ETEP 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.

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