Instructional Frameworks


What is an Instructional Framework?

An instructional framework provides a common language 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”

Current Use of Instructional Frameworks in Washington

Based on surveys conducted in conjunction with the pilot work, OSPI learned that the vast majority of districts in the state do not use a research-based instructional framework to guide teacher evaluation systems. Many districts in the state utilize a research-based instructional framework, but use them separate of the evaluation system. While an instructional framework is not an evaluation model, it is critical to the new evaluation system that they be connected with and utilized with the new teacher evaluation criteria established in E2SSB 6696. All three of the preferred instructional align with the new criteria.

For a crosswalk of the three approved instructional frameworks to the criteria, as well as criteria definitions, framework architectures, FAQs, and how the framework crosswalks were developed, check out our framework support document (PDF).

A Note About the Frameworks Development in Washington

OSPI released preliminary drafts of the three preferred instructional frameworks required by ESSB 5895. There are several interconnected parts to the new evaluation system.

There are three major components to the teacher and principal evaluation systems that directly impact the ongoing development of the instructional framework development and alignment which must be addressed by the state over the next five to nine months. The three components include:

  1. The three preferred instructional and leadership frameworks. While the state has selected the three instructional frameworks, the content and overall alignment may change slightly as the following two tasks are started. In addition to the AWSP Leadership Framework, Washington has selected the Marzano Leadership Framework. That framework will be available pending completion of the contract and alignment to our state criteria.
  2. OSPI must adopt rules prescribing a common method for calculating the comprehensive and focused evaluation by December 1st, 2012.
  3. The TPEP steering committee will provide guidance around student growth is necessary to implement the evaluation systems over the next 6 months.
Want more information about the preferred instructional frameworks? Read more or view the preliminary documents below: