eVAL-WA Frequently Asked Questions

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ESDs are providing training and support on the eVAL online tool for Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program in the State of Washington. Below are some of the questions (with answers) we have received during sessions.

eVAL Frequently Asked Questions


1We are having a Technology Professional Development Day where we're certain that we'll have more than 100 people logged in at a time. Ideally we'd have them each in their own acct and not stepping on each other. Would it be possible to have 200 sandbox accts in place?
2Is the use of eVAL required?
3Is eVAL a finished product?
4Are Teachers and/or Principals required to complete a Self-Assessment?
5What is the "discoverability" of individual teacher data in the eVAL system? Specifically, is it open to Freedom of Information requests?
6What exactly is measured by the Time field in the Observation Dashboard?
7How can I log into the sandbox when my district is not listed as a district?
8Is there a data storage limit on the artifacts?
9What is the security level on eval?
1We are having a Technology Professional Development Day where we're certain that we'll have more than 100 people logged in at a time. Ideally we'd have them each in their own acct and not stepping on each other. Would it be possible to have 200 sandbox accts in place?
The Sandbox server is very flexible and I think your need can be accommodated without any programing. It will just take a little coordination on your part.

I would suggest you access the Sandbox server and login as a Principal in the first district listed. Check to see if they use the same framework as your district.Repeat with the next district listed until you know of 10 districts that use the same framework.At the training event:Break the group (200) into 10 groups (20 each)In each of the 10 groups split them by the five schools (School 1, School 2) so that there are 4 people in each subgroup.Now you can one person in each subgroup login as PR (Principal) and the others as teachers (1, 2, 3) Or assign roles as you prefer.

But you now have a principal and 20 teacher accounts available for each subgroup.This is just an example.

But you’re not limited to the accounts under your district. As everything in the sandbox is deleted during the night signing in under another district is just fine. I do it all the time.The only issue could be in the extremely unlikely situation that a district you selected is having training at the exact same time.

You might want to have an extra district or two identified just in case.
Answered: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 4:34 PM

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2Is the use of eVAL required?
The use of eVAL is not required by OSPI at this time.
Answered: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 9:35 AM

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3Is eVAL a finished product?
While eVAL is currently in version 2.0 it is not "finished".

Generally, additional features are being added to the core of the application. The general core of the program is stable but enhancements are being added over time.
Answered: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 3:54 PM

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4Are Teachers and/or Principals required to complete a Self-Assessment?
Self-assessments are not required. They are recommended however particularly given that this is the beginning of a major shift in teacher/principal evaluation.
Answered: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 2:42 PM

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5What is the "discoverability" of individual teacher data in the eVAL system? Specifically, is it open to Freedom of Information requests?
First, the only data that OSPI receives from districts are "counts" of the number of teachers in the four levels.

Next, it is our understanding the remaining information about a educator is protected by Personnel WACs/RCWs and is NOT releasable.
Answered: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:39 PM

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6What exactly is measured by the Time field in the Observation Dashboard?
The time field will display the total amount of observation time that has been marked as "Complete" by an Evaluator in the "Settings" portion of the "Observation" menu.
Answered: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 8:36 AM

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7How can I log into the sandbox when my district is not listed as a district?
The districts listed there have selected an Instructional Framework (CEL, Danielson or Marzano) to use during evaluations and informed OSPI of the choice.

It usually takes about two weeks for all of the systems to be updated after OSPI has been notified. In the meantime you are welcome to select another district. The data in the sandbox is deleted each evening so "no harm". You have a 2/3 chance of selected a district that doesn't use the framework your district will select, but you'll still get to experience eVAL.
Answered: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:04 PM

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8Is there a data storage limit on the artifacts?
Not at this time.
Answered: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 3:42 PM

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9What is the security level on eval?
I'm not certain what this question means.

Everyone involved has to login to use it and EDS password security is pretty good. But guessing as to what you are asking about, the information entered into eVAL is only available to the administrator assigned to evaluate you. There are aggregate reports that other administrators can run but the actual observation/evaluation data is only known to the evaluator and evaluatee.
Answered: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 9:35 AM

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