Intent to pilot survey results indicate SAUs are moving forward with PEPG systems

As part of the implementation of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems, Rule Chapter 180 and Maine Statute Title 20-A, Chapter 508 require that school administrative units (SAUs) begin piloting their PEPG systems during the 2015-16 school year.

On June 9 the Maine DOE released the pilot survey for SAUs and initial results provide promising indications that districts are moving forward in implementing a comprehensive PEPG system.

The survey was completed by 136 respondents including district leaders in a variety of roles including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors, coordinators, principals, lead teachers and specialists from districts across the State. Six percent of the respondents indicated they were participants in a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant program.

The survey indicated PEPG steering committees are formed with a plan to meet often. It demonstrated a wide variety of processes or mechanisms, by which they plan to meet, review and adjust their PEPG systems. Over 80 percent of the respondents identified their steering committee as the group that will review and adjust their PEPG Systems. Districts also indicated they will use PLC’s, emails, technology tools such as Google Docs, surveys, review of systems data and PEPG subcommittees.

Consensus levels

  • Six percent of the respondents reported they reached consensus regarding teacher training in PEPG system
  • Sixty two percent of the respondents reported they reached consensus regarding principal training in the PEPG system
  • Fifty three percent of the respondents reported they reached consensus in the student learning and growth measures area
  • An additional 44 percent of the respondents reported they will reach consensus in the student learning and growth measures area by September 30, 2015.
  • Only three percent of the respondents reported their development committees were unable to reach consensus on student learning and growth measures.

This is promising news as we enter into the 2015-16 implementation year of PEPG system development. It is a strong testimony to our SAUs’ development committees hard work and collaboration regarding student learning and growth Measures.

Professional practice models

Districts also reported high consensus ratings in their selection of Standards for Professional Practice for teachers.

  • Eighty six percent of the respondents reported reaching consensus of professional practice standards for teachers
  • An additional 13 percent indicating they will reach consensus regarding standards for professional practice by September 30, 2015.
  • Only one percent of the respondents were unable to reach consensus for professional practice standards for teachers
  • It is important to note that 43 percent of the respondents indicated their SAUs selected the Marzano Model for their Standards of Professional Practice.

Respondents’ Selected Teacher Professional Practice Standards

Teacher Professional Practice Standards N %
National Board Core Propositions (state model standards) and TEPG/MSFE Rubric (selected by choice or by default) 16 12%
Charlotte Danielson 21 16%
Marzano 57 43%
Kim Marshall 20 15%
Kim Marshall-RSU 49 5 4%
Local Model; Approved by the Maine DOE 3 2%

Respondents’ Selected Principal Professional Practice Standards

Principal Professional Practice Standards N %*
National Board Core Propositions (state model standards) and LEPG/MSFE Rubric (selected by choice or by default) 8 6%
Marzano 41 31%
Kim Marshall 17 13%
MPA Domains and standards 37 28%
Local Model; Approved by the Maine DOE 0 0%
Local Model; Not yet approved by the Maine DOE 8 6%
None selected yet 22 17%

*Note: Due to rounding, some percentages may not add to 100 percent.

The Maine DOE will be contacting any SAU that did not respond to the survey in order to assess their readiness and development of their PEPG systems. The Department is appreciative of those that promptly responded to the survey. The results will assist in setting a direction for continual support of SAUs across the state. The survey results clearly indicate that many SAUs are on track for implementing their pilot PEPG systems for the 2015-16 school year. The Department will continue its support in development and implementation of PEPG systems through the Educator Effectiveness website.

For questions contact the Department’s Educator Effectiveness Coordinator Charles Lomonte at charles.lomonte@maine.gov or 624-6748.