5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Rubric (Version 2)

Version 2 of the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric – a growth-oriented tool for improving instruction.

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Dimensions of the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric

The 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric is based on the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) instructional framework, which is derived from an extensive study of research on the core elements that constitute quality instruction. These core elements have been incorporated into the 5D framework and 5D+ rubric as five dimensions – Purpose, Student Engagement, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Assessment for Student Learning, and Classroom Environment and Culture – which are divided into 13 subdimensions. The 5D+ rubric also includes Professional Collaboration and Communication, which is based on activities and relationships that teachers engage in outside of classroom instruction.

Organization of the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric

The 5D+ rubric is composed of 37 indicators of teacher performance, each appearing on a separate page of the rubric. In the example below: the dimension is Purpose, the subdimension is Standards, and the indicator is Connection to Standards, Broader Purpose and Transferable Skill. The pages are color-coded by dimension.

5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric excerpt

Performance Levels

Performance levels within each indicator are used to delineate teaching practice, from unsatisfactory to basic, proficient and distinguished. The sophistication of teaching practice and the role of students increase across the levels of performance. The language describing each performance level has been carefully examined by a psychometrician to assure clarity, to avoid the risk of a teacher being rated more than once for similar teaching behavior, and to ensure that each indicator evaluates only one aspect of teaching practice. A careful analysis of instructional practice leads to the determination of a teacher’s performance level on each indicator.

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