OSPI/AESD Professional Learning Network Evaluation

The Evaluation of OSPI/AESD Network Professional Learning aims to understand the changes in school staff or early learning educator practice and student performance indicators for the nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) serving Washington State.

The AESD Research, Evaluation and Data Center (hosted by the Puget Sound ESD) partnered with Kauffman and Associates (KAI), Inc. to develop an overarching theory of action and logic models to guide an evaluation plan.

KAI has a combined experience of 60 years of evaluating educational program at the federal and state levels. KAI conducts high-quality, culturally appropriate research among diverse populations to produce data that create knowledge, explore issues, improve programs, and inform policy making. KAI’s staff also has extensive experience in various forms of social science research. KAI’s team uses both qualitative and quantitative methods, including focus groups, interviews, archival research and surveys, all with an emphasis on applicable results, analyzed and synthesized for maximum program and policy impact.

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The following documents provide guidance and resources that will inform 2017-18 evaluation activities:

OSPI/AESD Professional Learning Network Evaluation Plan Manual

Assembles all evaluation materials with a description of key procedures.

Evaluation Plan

Describes the evaluation activities that address the outputs and outcomes and the data that is needed to conduct the evaluation.

Theory of Action (TOA) and Logic Model

Illustrates the assumptions underlying the design of OSPI/AESD Professional Learning that will lead to desired outcomes. In a simple diagram, the OSPI-AESD Professional Development TOA (see Appendix A) illustrates how a statewide, coordinated professional learning program will result in an increased number of education personnel using pedagogical content best practices. The logic model shows the route traveled to reach desired changes with additional details about activities and outcomes.

Fellows Action Plan

Fellows are instructional leaders who support district and community efforts to implement the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards in mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), and science, and/or for the Early Learning Guidelines. The Action Plan tracks Fellows’ work to build capacity in schools, districts and communities.

Survey Instruments and Instructions about How to Use Them

Please visit Fall Survey Gizmo Instructions for survey links and steps to use these instruments. The following surveys are coming soon.


The Participant Changes in Understanding and Application Retrospective Survey

Used to address the questions in this section of the Evaluation Plan related to the application of professional learning.


Fellows Assessment of School- or District-Level Support Survey

To be administered to Fellows annually at the end of each year to cover the way in which school- or district-level administrators can support teacher-leadership.

Fall Survey Gizmo Instructions

The OSPI/AESD Professional Development Survey is set-up to be applicable to all professional learning experiences. A participant can complete the survey with any digital device with an Internet connection—such as a smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or laptop.

Activity Updates

The PSESD Research, Evaluation and Data Center also uses the documents below to provide ongoing updates about evaluation activities.

Evaluation Activities Calendar

A central location for all events associated with OSPI/AESD Professional Learning meetings and activities.

Contact List

Includes key stakeholders including Coordinators, Assistant Superintendents and OSPI leaders.

Additional Information

Please contact us with questions, comments or updates.

Hilary Loeb hloeb@psesd.org, Director of Strategy, Evaluation and Learning, Puget Sound Education Service District

Cassandra O’Francia cofrancia@psesd.org, Program Specialist, Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning, Puget Sound Educational Service District

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