Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is EvidencePro?

EvidencePro is a simple, easy-to-use evidence collection "app" for teacher evaluators. It can be accessed via the Web on your tablet or laptop and/or downloaded to smartphones.

2. Who can use EvidencePRO?

Anyone responsible for teacher evaluation will find the immediate benefit of using EvidencePro to quickly capture and store data related to observations or "walkthroughs". Aligning your evidence to your District's rubrics and calculating scores is as simple as a few clicks of your mouse or taps on your screen. Evaluators can also share evidence collected with teachers via email if/as desired.

3. How much does EvidencePRO cost?

EvidencePro is 100% free to use, though registration is required. Contact us for more information.

4. How much data can I store on EvidencePRO?

As much or as little as you would like. EvidencePro does not limit the number of evaluations that you may capture--or the amount of evidence relative to those evaluations--that you may store. Captured data remains available unless and until you choose to delete it.

5. Who do I contact for help with EvidencePRO?

A "help" link appears on every page of the application. Start there. If you still don't find the answers you're looking for, email us.

6. What's the role of My Learning Plan (MLP) regarding EvidencePRO?

MLP has partnered with AFT to bring you EvidencePro--a completely free "app" for teacher evaluators. As a result, EvidencePro is 100% compatible with all of MLP's enterprise products, such as MLP OASYS, MLP PDMS, and/or MLP Elevate. For more information on MLP's suite of enterprise products, visit their web site.

7. How do I load my district's evaluation rubric into EvidencePRO?

In the "Tools" section of the application, click "Add Rubric" and follow the step-by-step instructions on screen.

8. How can I use EvidencePRO to capture evidence and align it to the rubric after my observation?

Linking evidence to your district's rubrics may be done at any time. Simply create a new observation or "walkthrough" and start capturing evidence. You can choose to immediately link it to the appropriate rubric or "save for later". You will always be informed when you have evidence attached to your evaluations that has not yet been linked to a specific rubric, making it easy to come back later and complete this step in the process.

9. Some of the words I enter into evidence collection notes are highlighted. Why?

When an observer collects evidence, it's important for the observer not to qualify the teacher's actions or words.

Instead of writing "excellent use of questions," it's better to state the facts simply: "Teacher asks questions to test understanding." Then, find the appropriate standard and performance indicator in the rubric to which your statement corresponds. (EvidencePRO highlights words that suggest "bias." You can edit your comments by clicking on the "pencil" icon. )

Once you've aligned your observation evidence with the appropriate performance expectation, click on the score link. When you click on the score link, you'll be able to select from a description of ratings, from "ineffective" to "highly effective."

10. How do I identify the teacher I am observing?

After you have logged into EvidencePro, click on the "New" link to indicate that you are performing a new evaluation or "walkthrough". Select the appropriate building from the dropdown list, then select the teacher you are observing from the list of available teachers in that building. Alternatively, you may begin typing the teacher's name into the "Teacher" field and select the correct teacher from the dropdown list of exact and near matches to that name.

11. How does EvidencePRO keep my data safe?

EvidencePro employs industry best practices to keep your data safe and secure.

12. What's the difference between an observation and a "walkthrough"?

A "walkthrough" is usually a brief, unannounced, informal observation of a teacher and classroom. Generally speaking, the walkthrough lasts from 3-15 minutes, although this may vary based on local agreements or rules. An observation, by contrast, is announced (the teacher is aware that an observation will take place on a specific date and at a specific time), and generally lasts for the better part of a class period.

 

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