eVAL is a web-based tool designed to manage and document professional growth and evaluation. Developed in partnership with the Washington Education Association, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Gates Foundation, and Educational Service District 113, eVAL is:
- A free resource used by more than 140 districts in the state of Washington;
- Personalized for each district for their instructional and leadership frameworks, resources, and documents;
- Voluntary for all districts, who can use as many or as few of eVAL’s features as they’d like (or none at all); and
- Extremely secure, with limited physical and virtual access to its servers.
OSPI, the WEA, and ESD 113 continue to fund the development of eVAL. Among the many improvements planned throughout the year, you can expect to see expanded support for instructional frameworks, increased partnerships for evidence gathering, and increased useability on mobile devices.
What’s New with eVAL 2.0?
Based on feedback from users, eVAL has been redesigned to be more intuitive and effective. It emphasizes a process of collecting evidence over the course of the year, which can be from observations, artifacts, or other activities. The most important addition is a new Year-to-Date Evidence tool that displays an overview of how much evidence has been collected for an individual, which components or criteria have been covered, and whether that evidence has been connected to specific rubric language.
It is a completely new interface, so please download the user guide below to review the changes in preparation for the new year!
Do you have an eVAL 2.0 User Guide?
The eVAL User Guide is a great tool to get all eVAL users started with the eVAL tool. Designed for both teachers and principals, as well as district evaluators, this step-by-step manual will take readers through the steps of using eVAL for:
- Student Growth Goal-Setting
- Collecting Evidence Observations and Artifacts
Download the user guide (PDF). Updated for 2016-17!
The District Administrator’s Handbook and Resources
The District Administrator’s Handbook is a step-by-step tutorial for district staff that have been assigned the task of managing the eVAL tool on behalf of the district. This handbook covers the following topics:
- The role of the District Administrator in eVAL
- Setting up eVAL for the upcoming school year
- Assigning evaluatees to their evaluators
- Assigning viewing privileges for District Administrators (of eVAL) and District Evaluators
- Creating question prompts for student growth goals, reflections and observation activities
Download the District Administrator’s Handbook (PDF)
Download District Administrator Settings that Affect Users (PDF)
Support Documents and Resources
- Documents for conducting eVAL training can be found here.
- Recordings of ESD 112 eVAL webinars can be viewed here.
eVAL Training for Your Staff
For other questions or to arrange training in your district, please contact Conn McQuinn, Director of Educational Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 917-7929.