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Summary of Laws

Danielson Framework

  • The framework first created 23 years ago has been continually updated to reflect the current learning environment. The framework organizes practices into four domains: Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities.

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

  • In 2015, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration released the Professional Standards of Educational Leaders as an update for the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium(ISLLC) standards. 

Maryland Evaluation Rubric

  • The rubric defines which the professional practices warrant ratings of highly effective, effective, developing, and ineffective educational leadership.

Maryland Evaluation Guidebook

  • The guidebook for principal supervisors can be used in collaboration with principals to support the implementation of the Professional Standards of Educational Leaders Rubric to enhance the overall performance and effectiveness of principals.

Data Submission Window

  • Teachers

    • Opens the last Friday of June 2021.

    • Closes the last Friday of July 2021.

      • For the 2021-2022 School Year:​ June 24, 2022 to July 29, 2022

  • Principals

Data Collection Manual

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

COMAR 13A.07.09 and the Education Reform Act of 2010 identify requirements for the teacher and principal evaluation. All teachers and principals are required to be evaluated annually using either the state evaluation model or an approved locally developed model.

The evaluation process is designed to promote improvements in professional practice. The purpose of the state evaluation model is to foster student achievement through the continuous improvement of educators and school leaders.

An evaluation is comprised of professional practice and student growth measures and is conducted according to standards that guide not only evaluation but also preparation programs and licensure. The Maryland State Board of Education adopted the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) in February 2017. Professional practice domains for teachers are planning and preparation; classroom environment; instruction; and professional responsibilities. 

The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement collaborates with stakeholders to ensure evaluation practices promote student learning.


Teacher and Principal Evaluation Data Collection

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Teacher and Principal Evaluation Standards

In 2017, the Maryland State Department of Education adopted the Professional Standards of Educational Leaders to guide administrator preparation, licensure, and evaluation in Maryland.


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The majority of Maryland's local school systems have adopted the Danielson framework or a modified Danielson framework.


Teacher and Principal Evaluation Regulations

Teacher and Principal Evaluation Conference Sessions

Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)

Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP)

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2020 Teacher and Principal (TPE) Data Collection Webinar

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