An online tool for teacher and principal evaluation.
What is eVAL?
As a web-based tool, it is designed to manage and document professional growth and evaluation. For the past three years, 10,000+ Washington educators have used eVAL to support teacher and principal evaluations. Their feedback has led to important updates. Now … eVAL 2.0 is more intuitive, safe and secure, and more closely aligned to authentic feedback practices. The site is physically secured, monitored 24 hours a day, and backed up continuously.
What does eVAL 2.0 do?
eVAL is an online tool that brings teachers and principals together to collaborate and discuss all aspects of professional growth and evaluation. It’s primary features include:
- Conducting and participating in observations
- Managing artifacts and evidence
- Managing summary data and reports
What else does eVAL 2.0 do?
Users will notice additional resources that promote quality discussions and meaningful explorations of instructional strategies that lead to changed instructional practice in the classroom:
- A collection of 93 videos for exploring your instructional framework in the context of classroom instruction. View an online video that will show viewers how the new eVAL Video Library for can be used for hosting practice observation sessions, and participating in the annotation and scoring of the recorded lesson activity.
- Protocols for exploring and analyzing classroom practice. View an online video that will show viewers how these protocols support the review, study and analysis of the online videos. View a different online video that will demonstrate how these protocols can be used to view, study, and analyze video vignettes of classroom lessons in a personal video session in eVAL.
OSPI, the WEA, and ESD 113 continue to fund the development of eVAL. Among the many improvements planned throughout the year, you can expect to see expanded support for instructional frameworks, increased partnerships for evidence gathering, and increased usability on mobile devices.
eVAL Professional Development Resources
ESD 112 has three objectives for supporting eVAL 2.0:
- To introduce the new version of eVAL to district leaders who are not currently using it;
- To help current users of eVAL make the leap from version 1.0 to version 2.0;
- To assist eVAL District and School Administrators to configure eVAL 2.0 for 2016-17.
Resource for the District Administrator of eVAL
Download the District Administrator’s Handbook to learn to select your district’s instructional and leadership frameworks, assign “evaluatees” to their evaluators, and configure other settings. These tasks need to be done before the onset of each school year.
Resources for Users of the eVAL Tool
This Quick Start Guide is a short tutorial that will guide principals through the steps of assigning teachers to their evaluators and identifying their evaluation cycles for the school year.
This document entitled District Administrator Settings That Affect Users is a simple guide to the settings configured by the District Administrator of eVAL. These settings are important for the end-user to know and understand, as they affect the way in which the users of eVAL can access and use the features of this wonderful tool.
The eVAL User Guide is a great tool to get all eVAL users started with the new version of eVAL. Designed for both teachers and principals, as well as district evaluators, this user guide will take readers through various aspects of eVAL 2.0:
- Setup (Teacher Assignments and Prompts)
- Student Growth Goals
- Conducting Observations
- Understanding the District Administrator Settings
The use of artifacts and the packaging of evidence is embedded in the various chapters of the eVAL User Guide.
The Principal Guide to Summative Evaluation provides principals and other evaluators with sequential steps to use the eVAL tool to complete the summative scoring of evidence, and to generate and share the final summative reports with their teachers. This tutorial includes sections for those principals who have packaged evidence throughout the process, as well as for principals who have not packaged evidence. Sample summative evaluation reports are included at the end of the guide.
The Teacher Guide to Summative Evaluation will help teachers take the steps required to view the final summative report in eVAL when they receive it from the principal, how to respond to the principal with a comment, and how to download the report.
There may be times when a Principal has conducted the entire evaluation and scored evidence without the use of the eVAL tool, yet still wants to use eVAL to store the scores and archive the final summative reports for their assigned teachers. This short tutorial will demonstrate the steps to complete this task.
- Have the District Security Manager set up users in EDS, and assign roles for all users. See the document entitled eVAL – Roles-Positions-Tasks.
- Have the eVAL District Administrator login to the eVAL tool to identify/confirm their instructional and leadership frameworks, assign “evaluatees” to their evaluators, and configure other settings. The eVAL District Administrator can delegate some of these tasks that are building-based to a staff member at each building who is designated to manage and pair users. This needs to be done before the onset of each school year. See the District Administrator Handbook.
- If the District Administrator of eVAL has delegated the task of teacher assignments to the School level, that gives the Principal and the School Administrator of eVAL the ability to assign teachers to their evaluators, as well as identify the evaluation cycle for each teacher. The Quick Start Guide will guide Principals and School Administrators through these steps.
It may be helpful to have teachers and principals log in to eVAL and complete a self-assessment as one of their first activities.
No. Evaluations and other evaluation-related data can only be accessed by users with permission to view the web site. The web site is not publicly accessed via the web. Users of the web site are directed to eVAL from a second web site that manages the roles and permissions of eVAL users.
No. Only certain school and district leaders can view the contents of evaluations in eVAL. At the end of each year, district officials submit a report to the state, which only contains the number of teachers and principals in each of the four levels of proficiency.
We have created a sandbox that mirrors your “live eVAL website” exactly. The sandbox is intended to provide a place for district training and awareness-building. There are some important things to note about the sandbox:
- Access the sandbox
- Before you can access the sandbox, your District Administrator (of eVAL) must select a framework and configure eVAL for the users in your district. See above.
- The sandbox is restored to a clean state each night around 12:00 AM, so changes are not saved.
Yes, training on the use of the eVAL tool is available. Please call us to schedule a training session for your staff:
The developer of eVAL 2.0 is currently working on the following revisions:
- Since the workshops were held in August, 2016, a self-assessment report was added.
- Improvements to the Observation report.
- Generating a report on each sign-off of a Student Growth Goal plan.
- Improved performance of using the Back/Forward browser button.
The developer will work on the following features of eVAL 2.0 further on down the road:
- Training site additions: practice sessions and district training videos.
- Completion of the summative evaluation workflow.
- The inclusion of an “update report” within the eVAL tool.
Yes! An app is coming, but it may not be available right away, as there is more work to be done on the online eVAL tool. The future app will include some of the same features as the original app:
- The ability to capture and upload artifacts during an observation.
- The ability to engage in learning walks and rich, follow-up conversations.
Now Available as Video Tutorials
Several webinars took place throughout the month of August, 2016. The purpose of these webinars was to provide introductory information about the new version of eVAL 2.0 so that teachers and principals could begin using eVAL 2.0 for teacher and principal evaluations right away. They have been recorded and published below for easy access.