Professional Growth
and Evaluation
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Professional Growth and Evaluation Newsletter!
You are receiving this newsletter because you are a certificated employee. If you are a certificated classroom teacher , you are
evaluated using the Danielson Framework and your evaluation is
managed in eVAL. If you are a certificated non-classroom
teacher (such as a librarian, coach, interventionist, counselor, etc.)
and you do not provide academic instruction to a regularly recurring
group of students, you are evaluated using a specialist rubric on a
paper-based form.

This newsletter is applicable to both types of employees and will
give you just in time information about the evaluation process, as
well as links to documents, websites, and videos that contain
important information for you. 

Article XI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) defines the information you need to know about the evaluation process. Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Seattle Education Association (SEA) both agree in the opening section of Article XI that “the evaluation process shall recognize strengths, identify areas needing improvement, and provide support for professional growth.” To take a deeper look at the CBA, follow the link provided at the bottom of this newsletter.
Summative Evaluation Timelines
Summative evaluation conference
Summative evaluation
Summative evaluation
Both certificated classroom and non-classroom teachers must have an end-of-year conference with their evaluator by this date.
Certificated classroom teachers on eVAL, this is the date by when the summative evaluation report must be viewed in eVAL.
Certificated non-classroom teachers, this is the date by which your summative evaluation is signed.
Certificated classroom teachers on eVAL, this is the date by when the evaluation report must be marked complete in eVAL. If you do not submit a response with your summative evaluation report, your evaluator will complete this step.
Certificated non-classroom teachers, this is the date by which your signed evaluation must be turned into HR. 
Important CBA Language About the Summative Evaluation Process
Classroom and Non-Classroom Teachers

  • In order to determine the final summative performance rating, the evaluator will start from the premise that the certificated employee is proficient.
  • The performance rating must be determined by the preponderance of evidence, which is based on the certificated employee’s overall body of work collected throughout the school year and reflect the scope of the components within a criterion (classroom teachers) or domain (non-classroom employees). It shall not be based on a single component in isolation or based upon a single observation. 
  • Certificated employees may provide additional evidence for each criterion (or domain for non-classroom certificated employees) to be scored.
  • If the teacher believes he/she are to be rated Distinguished (or Innovative for non-classroom teachers), the teacher must provide evidence. The evaluator shall consider evidence a teacher collected and provided within the relevant criterion (or domain for non-classroom teachers).
  • If the evaluator believes the teacher should be assigned a score below Proficient, the evaluator shall provide evidence to support the criterion score(s). The evaluator shall identify the individual component(s) of concern within a criterion (or domain) and show corresponding evidence.

Classroom Teachers Only

Student Growth: Now is the time to be monitoring progress and collecting evidence of how your students are progressing towards your student growth goals.

Remember: based on the timelines above, if your final measure is tied to an assessment taking place after June 5, you will need to either adjust your timeline so that your goal monitoring ends prior to June 5 or use an earlier assessment as your final growth measure. Discuss any modifications you may need to make with your evaluator.

This section is for certificated classroom teachers. You will find information to support and help you manage your summative evaluation in eVAL. 

How Much Evidence Should I Upload into eVAL?

Evaluators are allowed to select 2-5 evidence packages per criterion to include in the summative evaluation in eVAL. When determining what evidence to provide, choose quality over quantity. We don't want eVAL to become a virtual portfolio. Review your YTD Evidence tab to determine what evidence has been collected on your practice thus far. After reviewing the YTD Evidence tab, you may want to consider adding evidence to eVAL if either of the following scenarios applies to you: 1) there is a gap in evidence for a criterion that is not observable during a classroom observation and for which you need to demonstrate to your evaluator your practice; and 2) where the evidence collected on your practice so far does not align with your perceived level of performance.
Uploading Evidence/Artifacts in eVAL
Uploading evidence into eVAL is a simple process. For detailed instructions on how to upload your evidence in eVAL, download the user guide found at the bottom of the eVAL page on the PG&E link at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you are using Safari or Internet Explorer to upload evidence, your evidence may not upload and you will not receive an error message. Using Firefox or Chrome will ensure your evidence & artifacts will upload into eVAL.
Summative Evaluation Report in eVAL
Instead of receiving a paper evaluation to sign, you will receive your final summative evaluation via eVAL. You will be given the option to View the Report. By selecting View the Report, your digital signature will be captured. This will indicate receipt of the report. You will be given an opportunity to submit a response to your summative evaluation in eVAL with a text box. The CBA provides certificated employees with the right to attach or include a rebuttal to their evaluation. This could be included in the comments text box before the evaluation is marked complete, or could be forwarded to HR at a later date, and it would be appended to the saved evaluation document
Creating a PDF of your Summative Report
For data privacy reasons, all data added to eVAL this year will be purged in July 2018. As a result, it’s highly recommended that you save your summative evaluation as a PDF. You will not be able to access it in eVAL next year. Once you have viewed your summative evaluation report, you will have the opportunity to create a PDF and save it at the top right-hand side of your report. Once you select it and open your report as a PDF, you can save it for your own records.
Find More Information At:
Training Opportunities:
eVAL modules in Schoology Access Code:

Try asking someone in your building first. Who can you ask?
  • Your principal/evaluator
  • TPEP Cadre teacher (if you have one)
  • Your STAR Mentor/ Consulting Teacher
  • Colleagues
  • Your SEA building rep

Still stuck?
  • For assistance with eVAL, send your question(s) to
  • For assistance with TPEP or the Danielson Framework, send an email to Lindsay Berger, TPEP Program Manager or Alison Bishop, TPEP PD Specialist
  • For assistance beyond your building rep, contact your SEA Uniserv Rep
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Professional Growth & Development
Phone: 206-743-3542