Since the beginning of remote instruction, PAT has been working with PPS to reach an understanding about how evaluations would be completed under current conditions. Although we do not have a signed agreement, we do have a common understanding with PPS Human Resources on the guidelines we will use.
First, we have agreed that if the steps of the evaluation process-- up to and including the formal observation-- were completed prior to March 13, 2020, the administrator will schedule the remaining meetings to complete the evaluation cycle at a time mutually agreed upon by the employee. That may include postponing the final meeting(s) until the 2020-21 school year.
Second, if any steps of the evaluation process were not completed for contract educators by March 13, 2020, the educator will be rescheduled for evaluation during the 2020-2021 school year. Rescheduling is by mutual agreement between the educator and their administrator and it would change the evaluation cycle for those affected by one year.
If the educator and their administrator don’t agree to restart the evaluation in the fall, the evaluation can be completed immediately when school resumes next year, using what was already documented this year, plus any new information. In this case, the evaluation cycle would not have a one-year adjustment.
Finally, if the steps of the evaluation process were not completed by March 13, 2020, and the educator is a probationary educator, the educator will be considered to have completed their required evaluation cycle for this year.
We know how difficult this year has been, and we understand that most evaluations fit the first scenario. However, PAT and PPS wanted to give administrators and educators room to work together on a system beneficial to everyone where formal observations were not completed.
And in no case will any work done during this period of distance learning be used in any evaluations.