Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/28/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel
Type: Action
Subject: 15. Action on a Request to Seek a Waiver of the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 6.01 - General Personnel Policies
File Attachment:
Background: Milwaukee Public Schools uses the Educator Effectiveness System for professional growth and evaluation. The Educator Effectiveness System identifies specific criteria for best practices in teaching (teachers) and leadership of schools (principals and assistant principals). The state-wide alteration of school calendars as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruption to the Educator Effectiveness Cycle for 2019-2020.

The Wisconsin Legislature developed the 20 Wisconsin Education Standards found in Wisconsin Administrative Code sec. PI 8.01, which establish minimum expectations for each school district. Standard 17 requires each school district to evaluate all licensed school personnel in their “first year of employment and, at least, every third year thereafter.” Wis. Stat. § 115.415 requires the specific process by which all Wisconsin districts meet the requirements listed in PI 8 for principals and teachers--the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness (EE) System.

As a result of the statewide alteration of school calendars as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will waive the requirements to complete an Educator Effectiveness Cycle for educators in their Summary Year (evaluation year) in 2019-20, thereby waiving the requirements to meet PI 8.01 and Wis. Stat. § 115.415 for 2019-20. DPI recognizes a decision to have multiple educators extend their Summary Year into 2020-2021, could overload the ability of the evaluator to conduct the processes meaningfully. Districts have the option to request a waiver from DPI for the Educator Effectiveness evaluations for 2019-20 Summary Year educators, rather than extend their Summary Years.

Due to the unexpected school closure as a result of the public health emergency, the Administration is requesting that the Board authorize the Administration to seek an Educator Effectiveness waiver from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2019-2020 school year.

Per state law, the district will need to hold a public hearing (s. 118.38 (1) (b) and document the date of the public hearing. The public hearing can be virtual or teleconferenced.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the Administration will submit a request for an Educator Effectiveness waiver from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Recommendation: This item is part of a report to be formulated from a meeting to be held subsequent to the publication of this advance copy of the agenda, which will be forward to the Board prior to its meeting.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer