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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.

This page is a 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 13 of 2020

Act 13 of 2020, signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on March 27, 2020, revises the Act 82 Educator Effectiveness process used to evaluate professional employees working for Pre-K to 12 educational entities across Pennsylvania. The revised rating system will take effect for classroom teachers, non-teaching professionals, and principals at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

PDE is committed to assisting educational professionals in smoothly transitioning to the Act 13 Educator Effectiveness rating system. Guidance and resources are available below.

Act 82

Act 82 of 2012, which was passed June 30, 2012, defined three groups of educators: Classroom Teaching Professionals, Principals and CTC Directors, and Non-Teaching Professionals.

COVID-19 Update and Information

Local education agencies (LEAs) continue to have a responsibility, under Act 82 of 2012 (Act 82), to complete professional employee evaluations for the 2020-2021 school year. However, the requirement for LEAs to include performance data otherwise required under section 1123(b)(1)(ii) for a professional employee’s performance rating has been waived for both the 2019-2020 (under Act 13 of 2020) and 2020-2021 (under Act 136 of 2020) school years. Access more information, guidance, and tools on Professional Employee Evaluations for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.