Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) Process For Experienced TeachersOverview of the Process
Professional dialogue based on mutual respect, trust, collaboration, and positive relationships is the cornerstone of the Ministry’s revised performance appraisal process.
The Performance Appraisal for Experienced Teachers Technical Requirements Manual 2007, the Revised Summative Report and Annual Learning Plan forms are on the Ministry website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teacher/teachers.html.
Components of the Revised TPA Process for Experienced Teachers
Who is the “Experienced Teacher?”
Parent/Student Input - Optional
Teachers may be encouraged to gather parent and student input in developing their ALP each year, and the teacher will determine the appropriateness of this option.
Annual Learning Plan (ALP)
Summative Report FormThe evaluator will:
The summative report should also reflect the teacher’s input throughout the process. There should be no surprises for the teacher upon receipt of the summative report.
Members Evaluating other Members
The Performance Appraisal process is established by statute. It does not include evaluation of one teacher by a fellow teacher. The process must be carried out by a principal, vice-principal or appropriate superintendent with elementary teaching experience. No member should participate in the appraisal of another member even if they have acted as a mentor or resource to that member. This also applies to ETFO members in roles of consultant or coordinator within the board who may be asked to provide one on one assistance to a teacher during a TPA process. Members must refrain from making evaluative statements and/or assessments of their colleagues.
Member appraisal of fellow members compromises the statutory teacher appraisal process, violates the collective agreement and the policies of ETFO.
Log of Teaching Practice
This is an optional resource that can be used to record examples of teaching practice related to the competencies. The sample provided in the Ministry manual on page 59 also includes the shortened list of “look fors”. They can be used as a resource and samples of observable behaviours. The “look fors” are not to be used as a required checklist.
School Board Resource Teams
The School Board Resource Team, which includes federation and teacher representatives, will continue to provide professional learning opportunities for teachers and principals to promote effective implementation of the TPA process. The performance appraisal process is intended to be collaborative, transparent, and a meaningful professional growth opportunity.
For further information contact your local ETFO president or Professional Relations staff in Protective Services at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.