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Educator Effectiveness

Goal: To develop educator effectiveness models that will reform the way we evaluate school professionals as well as the critical components of training and professional growth.

COVID-19 Update and Information

During COVID-19 school closures, local education agencies (LEAs) continue to have a responsibility, under Act 82 of 2012 (Act 82), to complete professional employee evaluations for the 2019-2020 school year. However, for the 2019-20 school year, Secretary Rivera has waived the requirement for LEAs to include performance data otherwise required under section 1123(b)(1)(ii) for a professional employee’s performance rating under section 1123.

Access more information and guidance on Professional Employee Evaluation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Source for the documents that provide both the regulations that further define and explain the new system as well as important resources to assist local education agencies (LEA) as they implement the new approach.

As PDE works to support the development of more effective educators in the classroom as well as those in school leadership positions, the true goal is to improve student achievement so that all of the children in Pennsylvania's public schools are prepared to enter a career or post-secondary training and become productive citizens.

Act 82

Act 82 of 2012 Passed- June 30th, 2012 and defined three groups of educators:

Rules and Regulations

Per Act 82, PDE was given the authority to develop regulations. The purpose of regulations are to carry out the intent of legislation enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. To that end, PDE published rating tools and guidelines for each of the defined groups.

Educator Effectiveness Administrative Manual

In an effort to provide guidance to LEAs on how to implement Act 82 and subsequent Rules and Regulations, PDE has developed an administrative manual.

Locally Developed Alternate System

Guideline for submission and review of locally developed alternative rating tool for 1) classroom teachers 2) Principals/CTC Directors 3) Non-teaching professionals to the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality at

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