MCCESC Teaching & Learning

April: Being Evaluated through OTES 2.0

Why the shift?

According to the Ohio Department of Education (2020), "the State Board of Education values the importance of promoting educator professional growth that leads to improved instructional performance and student learning. OTES 2.0 is a professional growth model and is intended to be used to continually assist educators in enhancing teacher performance. An effective professional growth model considers a teacher’s instructional strengths, while supporting identified areas for improvement according to the profile of each educator. This process is to be collaborative, ongoing and supportive of the professional growth of the teacher."

The Madison-Champaign ESC has 4 state-trained trainers who have conducted multiple training sessions for administrators. We have also created teacher training modules for districts, as well as presented strategies to assist teachers in meeting the expectations of a "SKILLED" educator.

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The rubric

The link above will send you to a PDF copy of the OTES 2.0 Rubric. As you look through the rubric, you will notice 6 domains, within which there are 15 components. Below, we have simply taken each domain, in order of which it appears in the rubric, and provided some suggestions or resources that may be helpful towards meeting the skilled or accomplished rating.

Domain 1: Focus for Learning

Use of High-Quality Student Data (HQSD):

  • Analyze trends & patterns in data - consider having data conversations with colleagues. Here's a brief video of a data conversation.
  • Have students set academic goals. Here's a NWEA article about setting strategic and tactical goals.

Connections to Prior & Future Learning:

  • Include relevance in your lessons - "What does today's lesson have to do with my life?"

Connections to State Standards & District Priorities:

Domain 2: Knowledge of Students

Planning Instruction for the Whole Child:

  • Look at prior data (state test scores, grades, other testing)
  • Talk with professionals (teachers, interventionists, counselors, psychologists, related services)
  • Administer parent surveys to gauge academic ability, interests and cultural experiences.
  • Use pre-assessment data to gather information regarding student understanding.
  • Ask for students to complete interest surveys and/or learning style inventories.


Communication with Students:

  • Incorporate questioning techniques to encourage high-level thinking of students. Consider utilizing StartSOLE as an instructional strategies.
  • Communicate learning goals with students

Monitoring Student Understanding:

  • Diagnose your students' thinking. This article provides a number of strategies to assist in this component.

Student-Centered Learning:


Classroom Routines & Procedures:

  • Involve students in making the rules and norms
  • Make the number of rules short and easy to understand
  • Phrase the rules in a positive way
  • Post the rules

Classroom Climate & Cultural Competency:

60-Second Strategy: Community Circles


Use of Assessments:

  • Use a variety of formative and summative assessments to gain information on student achievement. This article has a number of different assessments, along with benefits and limitations for each.
  • Analyze the data for patterns and trends.
  • Create meaningful learning experiences for individual students based upon the data (i.e. differentiate)

Evidence of Student Learning:

  • Use two different pieces of High Quality Student Data (HQSD) to show growth on the expected growth and/or achievement.
  • Share evidence of learning with students and parents.

domain 6: professional responsibilities

Communication & Collaboration with Families:

Communication & Collaboration with Colleagues:

  • Improve teacher-based team meetings
  • Start & participate in professional learning communities within your building

District Policies & Professional Responsibilities:

Professional Learning:

  • Set personal, professional goals that align your Professional Growth Plan (PGP) to your Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP).
  • Take advantage of professional learning opportunities that align to your PGP goals.
  • Keep track of professional discourse that you have with colleagues.

March 2020 Focus: State Testing


We shared an abundance of resources to help as you move forward with OTES 2.0. The Teaching & Learning Department has expertise in many of the areas addressed and has offered professional learning opportunities in the areas listed below. If you have interest in learning more, please reach out as we can schedule opportunities within districts, online, or in-person at our agency.

Specialty Areas

OTES 2.0

Utilizing HQSD



Individualized Learning (choice boards, playlists, learning menus, etc.)

Classroom Management

Creating Cultures of Care

Building Better Bonds with Families

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