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The state-mandated Teacher & Leader Effectiveness (TLE) system for certified staff appraisals has steadily evolved since it was signed into law in 2010. It requires a five-point rating scale and ties the earning of career teacher status, reductions in force, and mandatory and allowed staff dismissals to TLE ratings.

District's Agreement on Appraisals

Qualitative Rubrics

Bartlesville, like almost all of the districts in the state, adopted the "Tulsa Model" for its Qualitative Ratings for non-administrative certified staff. Administrators receive qualitative ratings under the separate McRel Model.

Consult the files at the bottom of this webpage for the latest available qualitative rubrics for:

OKTLE Online Appraisal System

Employment Decisions and TLE

TLE ratings already affect a district reduction in force.

Since 2017-18 TLE qualitative ratings have counted toward other employment decisions:
  • career teacher status
  • mandatory dismissals
  • allowed dismissals

Legislation

TLE has had qualitative ratings since 2012-2013. House Bill 2957 ELIMINATED the quantitative ratings which had plagued the process for years, but introduced a Professional Learning Focus requirement 25% of teachers in 2017-18 and ALL certified staff, both teachers and administrators, in 2018-19.

Professional Learning Focus Mandate

ALL certified staff members, including administrators, must now have an individualized program of professional development, tied to qualitative TLE components.
A template is available in OKTLE to meet these state requirements:
  • Establish an annual professional growth goal developed by the certified employee in collaboration with the evaluator
    • it must be tailored to address a specific area or criteria identified through the qualitative component of the TLE
    • it must allow the teacher to actively engage with learning practices that are evidence-based, researched practices that are correlated with increased student achievement
    • it must be supported by resources that are easily available and supplied by the school district and the State Department of Education
  • Professional development completed shall count toward the total number of points a teacher is required to complete; not to be construed as increasing the existing number of required points
  • Individualized programs may include but are not limited to the following learning practices:
    • presenter-led workshops
    • individual or faculty studies of books, scholarly articles and video productions
    • peer observations
    • committee studies to address student achievement issues
    • work related to a specific subject area or areas associated with obtaining an advanced degree or professional certification
    • action research projects designed to improve student achievement
    • participation in local, regional or state initiatives associated with the development or implementation of curriculum standards

PL Focus Annual Timeline

  • By the end of the first quarter, the educator and evaluator must have collaboratively designed and agreed upon the PL Focus
  • The educator and evaluator must have at least one checkpoint meeting about progress; these checkpoints might  be conducted at the TLE evaluation meetings, and the PL Focus documentation must be attached to the final evaluation, but PL Focus is NOT part of the evaluation rating

Pointers on PL Focus

  • All certified staff must do a PL Focus even if they are exempt from quantitative TLE components due to past high ratings
  • The certified employee and their evaluator must reach a consensus on the PL Focus for the year
  • This can be a multi-year learning opportunity, but the complete process must occur annually
  • The focus may change during the school year base on the educator's needs if both the educator and the evaluator agree
  • There is no rating nor required length of time associated with a PL Focus, but it must be agreed upon annual by the end of the first quarter each year and the educator and evaluator must have at least one checkpoint meeting about it during the academic year
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