What is TPE? Should you care?

By | October 30, 2014

TPE stands for Teacher and Principal Evaluations. It is ratings teachers are given based on various, pre-defined criteria. Each teacher (and principal) is rated Highly Effective, Effective or Ineffective. While it is easily debatable just how reflective these ratings are of actual teacher performance, and how directly student performance is related to teacher performance, the scores can be used to start conversations. Why is there such a wide variance among schools? What is being done with these numbers? How are teachers being coached to move from Effective to Highly Effective? What support is given to Ineffective teachers?

CCPS says:

Carroll County Public Schools Teacher and Principal Ratings have slightly more “highly effective” and “effective” ratings compared to other counties across the state. We have found that state and local assessment did not have an effect on the teacher or principal ratings and there was very little difference in ratings in schools from different a 2013 Strand or low poverty. CCPS TPE model has given us with a tool that has provided valuable feedback and conversation to improve the learning and achievement of students.

Below is a screen shot from a huge spreadsheet. The full spreadsheet (Excel) can be downloaded from http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/tpe/docs/TPE_Teacher_LEA_School_Detail_File.xlsx.

Teacher Effectiveness Ratings

Column name definitions:
School name
Grade span: H = High School, M = Middle School, E = Elementary School
Teacher total: Number of teachers
Pct HE: Percent of teachers rated Highly Effective
Pct E: Percent of teachers rated Effective
Pct IE: Percent of teachers rated Ineffective
High Poverty Flag: High-poverty school means, consistent with section 1111(h)(1)(C)(viii) of the ESEA, a school in the highest quartile of schools in the State with respect to poverty level, using a measure of poverty determined by the State.
Low Poverty Flag: Low-poverty school means, consistent with section 1111(h)(1)(C)(viii) of the ESEA, a school in the lowest quartile of schools in the State with respect to poverty level, using a measure of poverty determined by the State.
High Minority Flag: High-minority school is defined by the State in a manner consistent with its Teacher Equity Plan. The State should provide, in its Race to the Top application, the definition used.
Low Minority Flag: Low-minority school is defined by the State in a manner consistent with its Teacher Equity Plan. The State should provide, in its Race to the Top application, the definition used.

Maryland uses the following definitions:

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SPI Strand 2013: See http://www.mdreportcard.org/SpiStrands.aspx?PV=14:0:06:AAAA:2

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