FAQ's

General Questions
  • When do the teacher evaluation provisions stemming from House Bill 6696 and 5895 go into effect? 
  • What specific laws were amended following House Bill 6696 and 5895? 
  • What is the transition plan for moving all teachers to the new evaluation system by the fall of 2015, as required by state law?  
Questions About Provisional Status (for newer teachers and those new to the district)
  • What does provisional status mean?
  • Who is considered provisional?
  • Is an employee with a continuing contract (as opposed to a non-continuing one-year-only contract) considered permanent (tenured)?

  • When do the teacher evaluation provisions stemming from House Bill 6696 and 5895 go into effect?
    • All provisions must be in effect by the fall of 2013.
    • Certain provisions, were enacted in the fall of 2010, including the change to the law regarding provisional status. New teachers formerly had 2 years of provisional status before becoming permanent (or tenured). The new law sees new teachers being provisional for 3 years before becoming permanent.

 


  • Will all certificated staff be on a new evaluation beginning in the fall of 2013?
    • The law applies only to certificated teachers. Educational Support Staff (ESA) and the like are not included in the new law. Other certificated staff not affected by the change in law include middle school and high school librarians.

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  • What specific laws were amended following House Bill 6696?
    • 2 laws were amended
      • RCW.28A.405.100 Minimum criteria for the evaluation of certificated employees, including administrators – Procedure – Scope – Models – Penalty.
      • RCW 28A.405.220 Conditions and contracts of employment – Nonrenewal of provisional employees – Notice – Procedure

 


  • What is the transition plan for moving all teachers to the new evaluation system by the fall of 2015, as required by state law?
    • 2013-2014
      • All Provisional (law requires)
      • Those who were PROV 3 in '12-'13
      • Rogers HS (as required in SIG grant)
      • Pilot Teachers (veteran volunteers with each teacher’s agreement)
      • Other volunteers (as agreed to by principal/evaluator)
    • 2014-2015 (50% of remaining teachers per building beyond those who transitioned in '13-'14)
      • All Provisional (law requires)
      • Those who were on PGP Year 3 (old system) in '13-'14
      • Those who were PROV 3 in '13-'14
      • Volunteers
      • Others by lottery (so that half of the remaining staff in each building transitions this year)
      • Focused Evaluation: Anyone who was on comprehensive evaluation in '13-'14 and is no longer provisional will move to Focused in this year.
    • 2015-2016
      • All teaching staff on new system (law requires)
      • Focused Evaluation: Anyone who was on Focused or Comprehensive evaluation in '14-'15 and is no longer provisional

 


  • What does provisional status mean?
    • Provisional status refers to teachers new to the profession and those new to a school district. A teacher on provisional status does not have the same due process rights given to permanent (tenured) employees when performance concerns exist and non-renewal is considered. For more information, please see RCW 28A.405.220.

 


  • Who is considered provisional?
    • State law RCW 28A.405.220 identifies three categories of provisional employees:
      • New to teaching (no teaching experience)
        • Brand new teachers are provisional for their first 3 years in a district
      • New to a district (but with experience from a state other than Washington
        • Teachers with experience from other states are similarly provisional for their first 3 years with a district.
      • New to a district (but with 2 or more years of Washington State experience)
        • Teachers with 2 or more years of experience within Washington are provisional only for their first year with a district.

 


  • Is an employee with a continuing contract (as opposed to a non-continuing one-year-only contract) considered permanent?
    • No. A continuing contract does not affect provisional status. A new teacher with a continuing contract would still be provisional for his/her first three years with the district. See definitions of provisional above.
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