The redesign effort resulted in the current rubric draft, which will be piloted in select districts across the state beginning in the fall of 2021. Read on to get to know the rubric, and click here to download your own copy. Or, for a more detailed deep dive, view the webinar in PDMS (Course #28957)
The rubric is organized into three Performance Areas. Each describes the major elements of a successful classroom. The three Performance Areas are:
Learning Environment: To what extent does the classroom environment support all students to learn?
Engagement in Learning: To what extent does the instruction support and engage all students?
Maximizing Learning: To what extent do all students retain and apply their learning with productive struggle?
Each Performance Area is accompanied by an Essential Question that provides a guide for the teacher and observer in discussing and assessing instruction. Each Performance Area is further defined by three Indicators. Indicators and the accompanying Descriptors describe the specific teacher and student behaviors that an observer would see in the classroom, during instruction. The Descriptors are broken up across four Levels of Performance that describe the quality of instruction at different levels.
The rubric includes only the teacher and student actions and outcomes that are observable in the classroom, during teaching. There are many things teachers do outside of actual teaching that contribute to successful teaching and learning in the classroom. To recognize this important work, each Performance Area includes Core Teacher Skills. Core Teacher Skills are not evaluated, but instead serve to name the work teachers do to achieve the levels of performance in the rubric. Core Teacher Skills also provide a common language and set of expectations to support teacher growth and development.
In the coming months, each newsletter will dig more deeply into each performance area to help readers understand the content and prepare for the pilot in fall 2021.
Do you have questions or thoughts about the rubric? Email us to share!