Teaching and Learning

    Marc Dyen
    Teaching and Learning Coordinator
    Local District Central
    (213) 241-0159

    The MyPGS Platform:

     MyPGS Log-in Screen
    NEW FOR 2018-2019: Besides being the platform for EDST, EDSNCT and EDSSL evaluations, The MyPGS Platform will also be the home for evaluations that were previously done on the CPES system, which is no longer in use. 
    To access MyPGS, log in with your Single Sign On at lausd.truenorthlogic.com or click on the following link:


    EDST:  Educator Development and Support: Teachers.  


    Who is evaluated using EDST?
    • Pre-K (State Preschool Program, TK, Expanded TK)
    • Special Education Resource Teachers
    • Special Day Program Teachers
    • Early Education Teachers at Early Education Centers
    • Arts Education Itinerant Teachers
    • CTE/ROP teachers at secondary schools
    • Adult and Career Education Teachers
    • Teacher Librarians
     Who is NOT evaluated using EDST?
    • Pre-K Special Education Teachers
    • Special Education Teachers at Early Ed Centers
    • School-Based Support Services Personnel (School Psychologists/PSA Counselors, etc.)
    • Certain Non-classroom teacher positions (e.g. Counselors)
    • LRE Specialists (they use the Management Stull)
    • Program Specialists (they use EDSNCT)

    These employees will continue to be evaluated using the former performance evaluation process.

    Start Plan

    EDST Teaching and Learning Framework Focus Elements (revised May 2018):

    LAUSD Teaching and Learning Framework with Focus Elements highlighted (green = District Unified Elements)

    EDST Timeline:
    2018-9 Completion Dates and Timeline
    Beginning the Year with EDST:
    Teachers need to be notified that they will be evaluated by 9/14/18.  If you are an administrator who has teachers assigned to your school after 9/14/18 but before 10/5/18, you may still roster these teachers for evaluation.  After 10/5/18, permanent teachers may not be evaluated, except if they have received a Below Standards Evaluation in the previous year.  If you are assigned non-permanent teachers (Probationary, District Intern, University Intern, etc.) they should be evaluated each year they are in their non-permanent status regardless of when they are assigned to your school. (NOTE:  Early Education Contractual Deadline Date for notification is 8/3/18). If you are not sure whether or not to evaluate a specific employee, please contact your Staff Relations Field Representative.
    Once you have notified your teachers, a good starting point for them is the optional Self-Assessment.  This is found on the platform and is only visible to the teacher.  Its purpose of it is to have teachers review and rate themselves on the TLF elements in order to become more familiar with them, which is helpful when completing their Initial Planning Sheet Objectives and choosing lements for which they will receive ratings during the Formal Observation process.  As the Self-Assessment is not a mandatory activity and is designed solely to help teachers, administrators will not be able to view teachers' results.
    Initial Planning Sheets should be submitted electronically to administrators (using the platform) by 9/21/18 (8/10/18 for Early Education Centers), and Initial Planning Conferences should be completed by 10/5/18 (8/24/18 for Early Education Centers).
    During the Initial Planning Conference, administrators will discuss the 3 Initial Planning Sheet Objectives proposed by the teacher, (Instructional, Professional Growth, Data Based), along with additional Optional Administrator-identified Objective(s), if necessary. When that conversation is completed, the administrator should shift gears and discuss the elements for the Formal Observation which will be rated.  At the end of the Formal Observation Cycle, the administrator will issue 7 ratings to the teacher.  These 7 ratings come from:
    • 3 District Unified Elements for which all teachers will receive ratings:  Elements 3b2, 3c1, and 3d3
    • 3 Teacher-Selected Elements (it's perfectly ok if one of these elements is the same as what the teacher selected for their Instructional Growth Objective on their IPS)
    • 1 Cooperatively Selected Element (the platform will ask the teacher to propose an element and rationale as part of the Inital Planning Sheet process which the administrator may view prior to the meeting)  After this element is agreed upon, the administrator must input this element using the step called Initial Planning Conference, so that the system will allow it to be rated during the Formal Observation Process
    Where the 7 rated elements come from
    The Difference Between IPS Objectives and Formal Observation Focus Elements:
    IPS vs Focus Elements
    Formal Observation and Growth Plan Visits:  Once you have completed the Initial Planning Sheet Conference, you may begin the required observations.  There is 1 required Formal Observation and 1 required Growth Plan Visit for each teacher being evaluated using EDST and both have contractual deadlines.  The Formal Observation must be conducted by 2/15/19 (2/8/19 for Early Education Centers).  This does not mean that the entire process must be completed by this date; rather, by the deadline, the administrator should have been in the teacher's classroom to observe the Formal Observation lesson. Following the Classroom Observation, contractually, a Post Observation Conference must be held within 10 school days.  
    The Growth Plan Visit also has a contractual deadline: The adminstrator must observe their teacher's practice by 3/15/19 (4/12/19 for Early Education Centers).
    The Difference Between the Formal Observation and the Growth Plan Visit:
    The Formal Observation is scheduled with the teacher in advance, along with a Pre-Observation Conference (where the teacher's lesson plan is discussed), and the Post-Observation Conference (which must be held within 10 school days following the Observation).  Following the Post Observation Conference, the administrator will issue 7 ratings using the MyPGS platform, based on the 7 elements referred to above.  No further conference needs to be held discussing the ratings as the teacher may acknowledge/comment on these ratings via the platform.
    The Growth Plan Visit is usually shorter than the Formal Observation and may be scheduled or unscheduled.  Unlike the Formal Observation, no ratings are given during this visit.  Rather, this visit focuses on providing teachers with feedback based on the Objectives found on the teacher's Initial Planning Sheet.  Depending on the lesson/subject, it may be only the Instructional Objective that is visible during this observation which is fine.  The administrator will collect objective evidence related only to the IPS Objectives that apply to what was observed, and post this evidence on the platform along with Feedback/Comments for the teacher.  A post observation conference is not part of the Growth Plan Visit as the teacher can view the collected evidence and comments on via the platform.
    EDST observation types
    As the school year comes to a close, each teacher evaluated using EDST will receive a Final Evaluation Report which is based on multiple measures covering the entire school year, including the Formal Observation, completion of Professional Responsibilities, attendance, implementation of learning from Professional Development, etc.
    The Final Evaluation Report is also completed on the platform and has a Contractual Due Date of 5/7/19 (5/29/19 for Early Education Centers).  By this date, the administrator needs to meet with each teacher being evaluted through EDST to issue the report.  Prior to this meeting, administrators should print out a paper copy for both parties to sign during the meeting, as well as have the teacher log onto the MyPGS platform with their own SSO, to electronically sign off on the Final Evaluation Report.  This concludes the EDST process.


    EDSNCT:  Educator Development and Support: Non-Classroom Teachers.

     Who is evaluated using EDSNCT?
    • Instructional Coach, Elementary or Secondary
    • Middle School College and Career Coach
    • Standard English Learner (SEL) Instructional Coach, Elementary or Secondary
    • Title III Coach (English Learner Instructional Coach, Elementary or Secondary
    • Program Specialists
    • Bridge Coordinator
    • English Learner Coordinator
    • Magnet Coordinator
    • Title I Coordinator
    • Problem Solving/Data Coordinator
    • Categorical Program Advisor
    • GEAR UP Site Coordinator
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
    • Intervention/Prevention Support Coordinator
    • Targeted Support Program Advisor (TSP Advisor)
    • Deans
    • Non-School, Non-Classroom Teachers (e.g. advisors, experts, and facilitators) based in Local District and Central Offices



    EDSNCT (for non-classroom teachers) The Teaching and Learning Framework
    Focus Elements (revised May 2018):
    Highlighted are the focus elements for Non-Classroom teachers.  Note: different District Unifed Elements than for EDST)

     EDSNCT Timeline:

    This timeline includes EDST and EDSNCT
    NEW TO EDSNCT?  Training is available here at Beaudry.  If you log on to MyPGS type "EDSNCT" in the search bar and you will find the following (as of 7/21)  EDSNCT trainings
    The Basics:  If you've already used EDST, EDSNCT will seem pretty familiar.  Much like EDST, the non-classroom teacher (EDSNCT) will also have:
    • An IPS (unlike the EDST teacher, only 2 Objectives are required for the EDSNCT teacher:  Professional Growth and Data Based)  IMPORTANT: When you review your teachers' Initial Planning Sheets, make sure that the objectives they are working on, as well as their Teacher Selected Elements for their Formal Observation match their job assignments.
    • (1) Growth Plan Visit
    • (1) Formal Observation:  Depending on their assignment, Non-Classroom teachers can use various duties as their Formal Observation, for example: Professional Development, Parent Meeting, Grade Level Meeting, or even a classroom lesson.

    ONE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EDST AND EDSNCT:  EDSNCT teachers (and their administrators) will collect and upload evidence of their practice that aligns to their objectives/elements they are working on throughout the year.   Because evidence is being collected far into the second semester, the issuance of ratings does not happen until much later in the school year than it would for classroom teachers using EDST.  While EDST teachers received their ratings following their Formal Observations by February/March, the EDSNCT teacher will not receive their ratings until April, which allows for continual collection of evidence.  


    EDSSL:  Educator Development and Support: School Leaders.


     Who is evaluated using EDSSL?
    • Principals
    • Assistant Principals


    EDSSL: (for Principals / Assistant Principals) The Teaching and Learning Framework
    Focus Elements (revised May 2018):
     This is the Framework to use for Principal/Assistant Principal evaluations (EDSSL)
    EDSSL Timeline:

    This is the EDSSL timeline for evaluating Principas and Assistant Principals
     NEW TO EDSSL AND NEED TO GET CERTIFIED?  Training is available!  For information on available sessions, just log on to MyPLN and type 'EDSSL' into the search bar.  As of (7/21/18) the following sessions are available:
     For more information on EDSSL, feel free to email Jose Rodriguez at jmr7481@lausd.net