2011 Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.
Commendably, all teachers in Washington must be evaluated at least annually.
Nonprobationary teachers are required to be evaluated once a year, with a minimum of two classroom observations.
New teachers in Washington must also be formally evaluated once a year. However, to gather information for this evaluation, the state mandates a minimum of two observations, with the first one occurring within the first 90 days of the school year. Within three days of each observation, teachers receive written results of their performance. Teachers in their third year of teaching must be observed at least three times.
Revised Code of Washington 28A.405.100
Washington recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state noted that the provisional status for new teachers was increased in the 2010 legislative session from two to three years. Therefore, a teacher in his or her third year of provisional status must be observed at least three times, for a total of 90 minutes' observation time.