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PEERS Frequently Asked Questions

A Brief Overview of PEERS

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has contracted with SAS EVAAS to provide the web-enabled Pennsylvania Educator Effectiveness Rating System (PEERS). PEERS allows all administrators and teachers across the state to view their evaluation metrics and to capture and store this information electronically as well as obtain a print version. The system pre-populates ACT 13 forms for educators using PIMS data from LEAs and allows evaluators to input ratings for each evaluation component. Additionally, the forms can be designated by the LEA to individuals who are responsible for the evaluation process.

PEERS is hosted within the existing PVAAS application, which already provides LEA/district, school, and teacher value-added reports, as well as the verification mechanism for student-teacher linkages by teachers and principals. PEERS includes evaluation metrics for:

  • Observation/Practice
  • Building-level data
  • Student Performance Measures (SPMs)
  • Teacher-Specific data

PEERS includes the following key features:

  • Participation is free and voluntary for all LEAs
  • Access is available through a user's PVAAS account
  • Secure access is available to final summary rating reports (13-1, 13-2, 13-3, and 13-4)
  • More than one evaluator may have access to an individual's rating form during the input phase in developing the summative report
  • PEERS pre-populates the Building-level Data
  • PEERS pre-populates the teacher-specific component for the PVAAS 3-year rolling average
  • PEERS pre-populates the teacher-specific achievement measure (% P/A) as calculated with roster verification data for LEAs to choose to use (or LEAs could choose to use a locally calculated measure)
  • Data entry flags and cues to check for data entry errors
  • LEAs/Districts may determine and choose year of available data (year prior or current year)
  • PEERS can be used alone, in lieu of the PDE Excel documents, or in combination with other supervision systems

Educator Effectiveness Resources can be found on SAS.

The intent of this FAQ is to provide LEAs with responses to the most frequently asked questions about PDE's PA Educator Effectiveness Rating System (PEERS) tool, available to all LEAs within PA.

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