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5D Plus & TPEP

About The 5D+ Framework

The 5D was developed when UW Center for Educational Leadership – CEL faculty conducted a thorough review of the literature in both the learning sciences and effective teaching practices, and mined the instructional expertise from some of the very best teachers and school leaders in Washington and across the country

. The 5D framework provides critical questions for school and district leaders to consider as they observe the teaching and learning process and builds on:

  • Purpose: Setting a clear, meaningful course for student learning
  • Student engagement: Encouraging substantive, intellectual thinking
  • Curriculum and pedagogy: Ensuring that instruction challenges and supports all students.
  • Assessment for student learning: Using ongoing assessment to shape and individualize instruction
  • Classroom environment and culture: Creating classrooms that maximize opportunities for learning and engagement

The 5D framework helps teachers and leaders develop a common language and a shared vision as they undertake the hard work of improving student achievement.

UW CEL 5D+ Website


About TPEP

What is TPEP?

The Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP) is part of a broad education reform bill passed by the Washington State Legislature in 2010. The law establishes that teachers and principals will be evaluated based on a four-tiered system.

What are the core principles of TPEP?

  • Quality teaching and leading is critically important.
  • Professional learning is a key component of an effective evaluation system.
  • Teaching and leading is work done by a core team of professionals.
  • Evaluation systems should reflect and address the career continuum.
  • An evaluation system should consider and balance “inputs or acts” with “outputs or results.”
  • Teacher and principal evaluation models exist within the complex relationship between district systems and negotiations.

TPEP Forms

TPEP Questions and Answers updated 3.2013

Five Dimensions Resources

Below please find resources directly related to the Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning Framework.

  1. State Eight Indicators with Sub-dimensions of 5D+
    This is the two page overview with indicators listed by sub dimension and the state eight listed on the back side.  No rubrics.
  2. The 5D+ Framework most up to date version 4.2
    This is the framework itself.  Two pages created by the UW Center for Educational Leadership with dimensions, sub dimensions, and guiding questions.
  3. The 5D+ Framework Overview with sub-dimensions
    This is the one page document that lists the 37 sub dimensions in order arranged in the framework, not the state eight.
  4. The 5D+ Framework with all 30 Rubrics in State 8 Grouping
    This document is regrouped version of the 5D+ with the rubrics under their State 8 Criterion
  5. The 5D+ Framework on Single Page Re-Ordered to Match the State Eight
    This document from OSPI shows what teachers and principals work on together for the focused and comprehensive evaluations

TPEP Resources

Below please find resources related to the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project aka TPEP!
For Principal forms scroll down. To find Five Dimensions supporting documents, please go here.

Important Note: All TPEP evaluation forms have been updated to match the revised 5D+ 3.0 release.