Framework and Rubrics


What is an Instructional or Leadership Framework?

An instructional or leadership framework provides a common language and vision of quality teaching/leading shared by everyone in the district and aligned to the eight principal and teacher criteria created by E2SSB 6696.

“Principals and teachers use the common language of instruction/leadership to:

  • converse about effective teaching,
  • give and receive feedback, and
  • collect and act upon data to monitor growth.

-Adapted from Marzano’s definition from “Creating an Aligned System”

Frameworks and ESSB 5895


Section (2)(e) of ESSB 5895 states:

(e) By September 1, 2012, the superintendent of public instruction shall identify up to three preferred instructional frameworks that support the revised evaluation system. The instructional frameworks shall be research-based and establish definitions or rubrics for each of the four summative performance ratings for each evaluation criteria. Each school district must adopt one of the preferred instructional frameworks and post the selection on the district’s web site. The superintendent of public instruction shall establish a process for approving minor modifications or adaptations to a preferred instructional framework that may be proposed by a school district.

Instructional Frameworks


The three approved instructional frameworks are:

CEL 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric 2.0
Research based on University of Washington work, classroom practice, and principal observation.

Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (2011)
Research based on classroom-based observations, theorizing teaching practice, MET project study, focus group feedback, and crosswalk with student assessment.

Marzano’s Teacher Evaluation Model
Research based on meta-analysis, control studies, correlation studies, focus group feedback, and observations.

Leadership Frameworks


OSPI has adopted two leadership frameworks for the new evaluation system.

The AWSP Leadership Framework
The AWSP Leadership Framework was developed in conjunction with the eight state criteria and has been used by nearly all of the pilot sites and our RIG districts.

Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model.
The Marzano School Leadership Evaluation Model is based on in-depth research and an extensive review of contemporary literature in school administrator leadership.


Frameworks & Student Growth Rubrics

Learn more about instructional frameworks and leadership frameworks and how they’ve been developed throughout our pilot, or view the instructional student growth rubrics (PDF), the instructional student growth rubrics with critical attributes (PDF), or the leadership student growth rubrics (PDF).