Step 1: DTR-eligible Teachers Receive Invitation to Complete DTR Application Online
For the 2015-16 school year, the DTR application will be submitted in 2 waves:
Wave 1: DTR-eligible teachers who have met the minimum eligibility requirements based on 2014-15 evaluation data will be notified via email of their eligibility and invited to apply for DTR on September 28, 2015. Wave 1 applications are due at 12 noon on November 5, 2015.
Wave 2: Teachers who earned Distinguished effectiveness levels resulting from the 2014-15 DTR Process and wish to move up an effectiveness level will be will be invited to apply for DTR via email on December 7, 2015. Wave 2 applications are due at 12 noon on January 14, 2016.
Teachers new to DISD with at least 3 creditable years of service who have met the minimum eligibility requirements will also be notified of their eligibility and invited to apply for DTR on December 7, 2015.Wave 2 applications are due at 12 noon on January 14, 2016.
Step 2: DTR-eligible Teacher Submits Application to DTR Portal
DTR applicants will be required to provide evidence of their leadership, lifelong learning, and contributions to the profession based on experiences from 2014-15 and 2015-16 only.Each applicant’s primary evaluator will also verify the information submitted in the application prior to the application being reviewed and scored using the DTR rubric by a trained team within Human Captital Management. The deadline for Wave 1 teachers to submit the DTR application is 12 noon on November 5, 2015. The deadline for Wave 2 teachers to submit the DTR application is 12 noon on January 14, 2016.
Step 3: DTR Application Reviewed and Scored
An applicant may receive up to six points for leadership, four points for lifelong learning, and four points for contributions to the profession. DTR candidates may also be awarded additional points for years of service in a Tier 1 school. Each applicant’s primary evaluator will also verify the information submitted in the application prior to the application being reviewed and scored using the DTR rubric by a trained team within Human Capital Management.
View the 2015-16 SY DTR rubric
Step 4: DTR Observation Conducted and Scored
A two or three-person team will review the instruction of each applicant sometime between November 2015 and May 2016. The review team includes a principal or assistant principal and a content-area specialist. All members of the DTR teams are required to complete calibration training, complete TEI certification, and attend an additional DTR observation technical training.
Each applicant is given a ten day window during which the review of his or her instruction will be conducted. Teachers will not know ahead of time the specific day of the DTR observation. The observation team will observe each candidate for 45 minutes or one complete lesson if less than 45 minutes.
After the DTR Process is complete, DTR-eligible teachers will receive the points earned from the revier of their DTR application and from the nine indicators assessed during their DTR observation on their DTR snapshot. It is important to remember that the DTR snapshot reflects only one part of a DTR-eligible teacher’s evaluation score.
Step 5: Evaluation Ratings and Effectiveness Levels Determined
Once a candidate has undergone the DTR process, the total DTR score is then added to the current year’s overall evaluation score. Once all of the evaluation scores are calculated (for DTR candidates and teachers who did not apply for DTR), the Evaluation and Assessment Team will establish cut points for the overall effectiveness levels based on the established target distribution. Teachers will be placed at the effectiveness level corresponding to the cut points. Teachers will learn if they reached the Distinguished status based on the 2015-16 SY in the fall of 2016.