Appendix D: Guidelines for Using the Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice–Pennsylvania Department of Education—PDE-430
Heading And Signature Page
The heading of the evaluation form contains biographical information regarding you/candidate being evaluated and the evaluation period.
The subjects being taught and the grade level should be clearly listed.
Write the date on which the conference was held between you/candidate and the evaluator on the signature page of the PDE-430 form.
Clearly state the school year and the term in the appropriate place on the signature page.
Categories Of Evaluation
PDE 430 has 4 major categories addressing evaluation of student teacher/candidate:
Category I- Planning and Preparation
Category II- Classroom Environment
Category III-Instructional Delivery
Each category has student teacher/candidate performance indicators that support the category’s evaluation on a continuum from Exemplary through Unsatisfactory. The “Student Teacher/Candidate’s Performance Appropriately Demonstrates” indicators are the criteria for the evaluation. Both the evaluator and the candidate must be aware of the performance indicators being used in the evaluation before the evaluation takes place.
Each PDE 430 Category, I through IV, includes an explanation of the various aspects of teaching that aid in the further definition of the category.
Levels Of Proficiency In The Categories
The categories presented on the PDE 430 provide knowledge, to the evaluator and you/candidate, of performance expectations and the required levels of proficiency for each category. The category’s results, are evaluated through the review of the defined “Student Teacher/Candidate’s Performance Demonstrates” indicators in each of the four categories.
You/candidate’s demonstrated performance indicators in each category should be checked or highlighted in a manner to assist the evaluator in determining the appropriate level of proficiency. The judgment of the performance for the rating of any category is based on:
the rater’s overall evaluation of performance in each category and
is not dependent on seeing each single performance indicator demonstrated successfully in order to receive a high level evaluation.
Sources Of Evidence
The sources of evidence, gathered by you and the evaluator, should be considered by the evaluator to make a judgment about your performance/level of proficiency.
It is also your responsibility to ensure the availability of evidence required for each of the categories evaluated. The evaluator and you will share the sources at the conference date. The evaluator will mark, on the form next to the source of evidence, pertinent pieces of evidence that were reviewed during the evaluation of your performance/level of proficiency.
Since the evaluation form serves as a recordkeeping device in support of the recommendation for a successful performance assessment, it is important that the evaluator specify, next to the source of evidence, any evidence considered so that you, and other administrators reviewing the form, may have a sense of what was used to arrive at a judgment on the level of proficiency.
Sources of evidence should have, where appropriate, written dates that the source of evidence occurred: for example, the date of the planning document or dates of classroom observations/visits. Types of evidence reviewed can be listed as well as titles, for example, Back-to-School Night presentation. It should include the number of sources; for example if seven pieces of student work were collected for a particular source of evidence, that number should be included.
The space following each source of evidence allows an evaluator to document the important source(s) that were considered and captures the essential information about the source. If further space is required, an additional sheet may be attached.
Justification For Evaluation
After reviewing the results of your performance indicators in each category, and the pertinent sources of evidence, the assessor will make a judgment for each category on the PDE 430. The appropriate box is then checked.
This is a key section as it provides you with a clear understanding of the evaluator’s decision based on observations and other specific sources of evidence. This section also provides further explanation of why you are receiving a particular rating for the category. The evaluator’s comments help to focus you on your specific strengths and areas for improvement. It is important to write statements that are clear, consistent, and specify key areas for improvement, if required. Note: The justification section may be expanded to whatever length the rater feels necessary to help you understand the rating, the reasons for it and steps that can be taken to improve performance, whenever required.
The evaluation/signature page of the PDE 430 includes the school year and term during which the observation occurred. An appropriate overall judgment of your demonstrated performance will be made and checked, resulting in a particular level of proficiency.
The signature of the evaluator, usually your supervisor, must be included. In addition, your signature and the appropriate signature dates must also be included. You do not have to agree with the judgments or statements of the evaluator in order to sign the form. You are obligated to sign the form once the evaluator has shared the contents of the form with you. You may annotate the form with “I disagree with this rating.”
The Overall Justification for Evaluation section should specify any key areas for improvement, when used for the first assessment, and provide you with a clear understanding of the evaluator’s overall judgment of the their performance. All written sections may be expanded in size in order to fully express the observations and recommendations to you. Additional pages may be added if necessary. Note: The level of proficiency indicated in each of the 4 categories will added to determine an overall rating/level of proficiency for the entire PDE 430 form and the single rating period. At least a satisfactory rating must have been achieved in each of the 4 categories. The certifying officer must now verify that the candidate has achieved at least a satisfactory rating on the PDE 430 by so indicating on the PDE 338C, College/University Verification Form, which is used to recommend a candidate to the Commonwealth for certification.
Each student teacher/candidate must be observed and evaluated using the PDE 430 a minimum of two times during their student teaching experience--once at the midpoint, and once at the end. Note that this is a minimum number of times and further evaluations may be completed, as the college/university desires. For example, if a candidate has two separate student teaching assignments, they may be observed at the midpoint and end of each assignment.
All evaluations with the PDE 430 are considered to be formative with the exception of the final one, which is considered to be the summative evaluation. All others are used in order to give you an opportunity to correct or improve any deficiencies. The PDE 430 assessment instrument must be used a minimum of two times. A satisfactory rating (1) in each of the 4 categories, resulting in a minimum total of at least (4) points, must be achieved on the final summative rating to favorably complete the overall assessment. Note that all categories must have achieved at least a satisfactory rating in all cases.
A copy of the PDE 430 is kept in the candidate’s college file. You should have a copy of your completed PDE-430. However, copies of the PDE 430 should not be provided by the college to outside agencies, prospective employers, or other individuals, in any situation, as this in an internal document. The PDE 430 is a confidential document. Copies of the PDE 430 will be reviewed during state major program reviews.