Pittsburgh Public Schools is on a journey to ensure that every student has an effective teacher in their classroom every day.
In 2006, the District introduced its Excellence for All reform agenda, reinforcing our belief that all children can learn at high levels. Since that time, we have engaged with teachers and administrators, collaborated with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT), and took the lead by revolutionizing the way we look at effective teaching.
2014-15 School Year
- Twelve new teachers advanced to Professional Growth Level 2 according to the Career Ladder Salary Schedule.
- Approximately 70 central office administrators participated in a new professional growth and evaluation process based on observation and performance priorities.
2013-14 School Year
- One-hundred-fifty (150) effective teachers continued their Career Ladder roles as Instructional Teacher Leader 2s, Clinical Resident Instructors, Learning Environment Specialists, and Promise-Readiness Corps members.
- August: More than 1,400 teachers received preview Annual Rating Forms and Educator Effectiveness Reports that established an unprecedented platform for professional growth.
- August: PPS received a one-year approval from the state for its professional growth and evaluation system for teachers.
- November: Over 100 teachers attended Teachers Matter: Celebrating and Empowering Great Teaching and Teacher Leadership, a recognition event for highly effective teachers and teacher leaders.
- November: The Tripod student survey was administered for the first time in the 2013-14 school year.
- December: The Tripod student survey was administered for the second time in the 2013-14 school year.
- January: Approximately 700 teachers received preliminary access to their preliminary 2012-13 individual value-added measure reports.
- January: School-level value-added reports were released to principals and teachers.
- January: Over 50 teachers and administrators gathered for a collaborative policy engagement session focused on highly effective instruction.
- February: Payout of the second annual Students and Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) Award to three schools for their extraordinary contributions to student growth, placing them in the top 25% of schools state-wide, rank ordered for growth.
- April: The Promise-Readiness Corps Cohort Award was given to six teams for their contribution to student learning over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
- May: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board approved a new Annual Rating Form for use in principal, non-teaching professional, and central office evaluations for the 2014-15 school year. The new rating tools for non-teaching professionals and school leaders were developed in order to align with the requirements of Act 82. The central office evaluation tools were not mandated by Act 82, but were developed to align with evaluation measures for other employee groups.
- May: Teachers received final 2012-13 value-added reports.
- June: More than 1700 teachers received end-of-year ratings based on a comprehensive view of their performance through Annual Rating Forms and Educator Effectiveness Reports. The results showed positive growth in teacher performance from the preview reports teachers received in August.
2012-13 School Year
- Seventy (70) effective teachers began serving as K-8 or Secondary Instructional Teacher Leaders.
- November: School-level value-added reports were released to principals and teachers.
- November: First payout of the Students and Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) Award to 11 schools for their extraordinary contributions to student growth, placing them in the top 25% of schools state-wide, rank ordered for growth.
- November: The Tripod student survey was administered for the first time in the 2012-13 school year.
- December: Over 600 teachers received confidential and exclusive access to their preliminary individual value-added measures reports.
- December: National education and technical experts convened in Pittsburgh again to discuss the District's progress in developing its professional growth system.
- January: The Pittsburgh Public Schools Board approved a new Annual Rating Form for use in teacher evaluations beginning in 2013-14. This new rating tool was developed with input from teachers, principals, the PFT, and national experts, and reflects the requirements of Act 82.
- January: Pittsburgh Public Schools submitted its new Annual Rating Form to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for approval for use beginning in 2013-14.
- February: The Tripod student survey was administered for the second time in the 2012-13 school year.
- March: Over 600 teachers received their final individual value-added measures reports.
- March: The Promise-Readiness Corps Cohort Award was given to three teams for their contribution to student learning during the 2011-12 school year.
2011-12 School Year
- For the first time, all three measures of effective teaching were administered District-wide including RISE, value-added measures, and the Tripod student perceptions survey.
- The Teaching Institutes were launched at Pittsburgh King (K-8) and Pittsburgh Brashear (9-12).
- Ninety-four (94) effective teachers began serving in the first three Career Ladder roles: Promise-Readiness Corps teachers, Clinical Resident Instructors, Learning Environment Specialists.
- November: School-level value-added reports were released to principals and teachers for the first time, indicating their school's contribution to student learning and growth.
- November: First payout of the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Award to over 1,400 teachers in response to the District's achievement of AYP status for the 2010-11 school year.
- December: The Tripod student survey was administered District-wide for the first time in the 2011-12 school year, giving students the opportunity to share their feedback on their classroom experience.
- February: Over 700 teachers received confidential and exclusive access to their individual value-added measures reports, indicating their contribution to student learning and growth.
- March: First payout of the Promise-Readiness Corps Cohort Award to eight teams for their contribution to student learning during the 2010-11 school year.
- June: Teachers receive confidential and exclusive access to their individual Tripod student survey results.
- July: Pennsylvania state legislature passed Act 82 of 2012, a comprehensive education reform bill that requires teacher evaluation be based 50% on observation and 50% on other student outcomes.
- July: A group of national education and technical experts convened in Pittsburgh to provide input on the work Pittsburgh Public Schools has done to bring teacher effectiveness into focus.
2010-11 School Year
- Pittsburgh teachers joined over 3,700 educators from across the nation in developing fair and reliable measure of effective teaching as part of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project for second year in a row.
- Over 70 teachers, principals, and District and PFT staff collaborated to design new Rewards and Recognition opportunities built on the 2010 collective bargaining agreement.
- September: The District was awarded a $37.4 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to help support its Rewards and Recognition opportunities.
- September: The Promise-Readiness Corps was piloted in eight high schools.
- September: RISE was piloted District-wide.
2009-10 School Year
- August: Pittsburgh Public Schools and the PFT co-authored the Empowering Effective Teachers plan, which was awarded a $40 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November.
- April: Approximately 50 teachers and administrators volunteered to form the Student Learning Subcommittee to help develop a value-added model that would capture the contribution of teachers, teams, and schools to student learning and growth.
- June: Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers ratified a landmark five-year collective bargaining agreement in a 2:1 vote.
2008-09 School Year
- September: The District, PFT, and a team of teachers and principals began collaborating to develop the Research-based Inclusive System of Evaluation (RISE), a new system of teacher observation.