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Professional Practices are the day-to-day activities in which educators engage as they go about their daily work. Professional practices included in the rubrics below are those one would expect an educator to demonstrate at each level of the rating scale.

An educator’s Professional Practice Rating consists of two components:
1. Observations based on the Quality Standards for your Specialization, that measure professional practice and student learning over time.
 
2. One required artifact.

Observations based on the five Quality Standards - Evaluators rate the educator on each element of each standard separately and then use the ratings to determine the overall professional practices rating. The collective individual element scores will determine the overall score for the standard and the scores for the standards will determine the overall professional practices rating. This overall rating will account for 50 percent of the educator’s effectiveness rating. Note: Comments are required for standard ratings of “Basic” or “Partially Proficient” and recommended for all rating levels. For information on how the rubric is used see pgs. 17-25 in the TSD Educator Effectiveness User's Guide .
 SSP Professional Practice  The approved system for weighing Specialized Service Professional Quality Standard elements equally distributes weight amongst elements. All elements are weighted equally at 2%

Standard 1 – Know Content – 5 Elements – 10%
Standard 2 – Establish Environment – 5 Elements – 10%
Standard 3 – Facilitate Learning – 7 Elements – 14.%
Standard 4 – Reflect on Practice – 3 Elements – 6%
Standard 5 – Demonstrate Leadership – 5 Elements – 10%
 
One Required Artifact – Specialized service professionals must discuss with their evaluator at least one of the following measures which will be used to inform their specific Specialized Service Professional Quality Standard Rubric:
• Professional Development: Attending
• Professional Development: Lead/Organizing
• Operational Schedules
• PLC: Stakeholders or Meeting Consultation
• Reports and Assessments
More information can be found in the Professional Practice Required Artifact Placemat for Specialized Service Professionals. A reflection that explicitly links the measure to elements within their specific Specialized Service Professional Quality Standard Rubric is required along with all supporting documents for the chosen measure.

The 2014-2015 Final Ratings Calculator can be used to forecast Professional Practice Ratings, Measures of Student Learning Ratings, and Final Ratings.
 
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