According to state board rule 0520-02-01 and state board policy 5.201, all educators must be evaluated annually by a certified evaluator. The department conducts initial certification and recertification training, administers certification tests, issues evaluator credentials, and provides continuous evaluator support for the TEAM rubric.
To conduct observations, educators must be certified. Conducting observations without full certification is a grievable offense. Certification entails participating in an official state-sponsored TEAM training and passing the subsequent online certification test. Certification is valid through June of the current school year regardless of the certification date.
All evaluator certification training for 2023-24 is virtual. The certification window for re-certification is from June 8, 2023 to August 31, 2023. The certification window for initial certification is from June 7, 2023 to March 31, 2024. Certification is valid until June 30, 2024.