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Survey Link for End of Year

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OCT Table of Contents


Timeline for Implementation


2015-16 Reports


OCT Description


Registration Link



Scoring Study 1

Aggregated Report 2015-16


Feb.5, 2016


Scoring Study 2 Report 2015-16

We have recorded a short **4 minute video** that goes over the highlights of the report as well as instructions for accessing your individual results.

June 1, 2016

Types of Participation

(individual or group)

OCT Kick-off Webinar

Part 1: OCT information for all participants


Part2: OCT Facilitator Review for LEA Leads



OCT Manager Role Webinar




Pilot Results

OCT Webinar: Scoring Study #1 Results and Facilitator Support



Pilot Reports


Process and Time Commitments


OCT Wrap up and Report Webinar





Facilitators Guide


OCT User Participant Guide


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This map represents the OCT participants across N.C.
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Digital Flyer for OCT

OCT Introduction and Implementation Presentation

If you have questions regarding the OCT, please contact Kimberly Simmons, kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov

OCT Description

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is using Observation Engine™ to improve the calibration of teacher evaluators. And it works!

Observation Engine is an online tool that uses classroom videos to ensure accurate and reliable classroom observations. With this tool, North Carolina educators can access observer calibration events & reporting that provides practice with rating and helps increase rater agreement to target scores. The online platform allows participants to watch classroom videos, observe instruction, and rate teachers using the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System rubric that is used to evaluate all teachers in North Carolina. Participants receive immediate feedback as to the suggested ratings and supporting evidence for that particular rating. Observation Engine will promote continuous NCEES improvements through an easy to use platform.

Types of Participation

All administrators across North Carolina are invited to participate in the OCT.

During the 2015–16 school year, NCDPI is rolling out the OCT to administrators across the state. OCT is structured to be individual and self-paced. However, survey data from the pilot suggests that participants benefited from the process when it was facilitated by a leader in their LEA/Charter. There will be a recommended Facilitators Guide for leaders to use if they decide to participate as a group. This implementation will focus on establishing a collaborative element to the experience, encouraging administrators to engage in conversations around the OCT process.

  • Individual Participation: Individual participants have access to all materials and progress through the Scoring Studies and lessons whenever they choose. The schedule is flexible and the individual may participate in any of the supporting webinars offered. Kimberly Simmons would be the contact person for individual participants.

  • Group Participation: Group participants are led by a LEA/ Charter School Administrator. In most cases this may be the HR Director or an administrative position that supports NCEES. District Leads will have access to resources, including a Facilitator Guide, to support their efforts using the OCT as a collaborative professional development activity. In this instance, participants would still watch and rate video for the Scoring Studies and Lessons individually, however follow-up conversations and activities to support the understanding of the ratings would follow.

Pilot Results

In the pilot of the Observation Calibration Training (OCT) during the 2014–15 school year, NCDPI worked with administrators from 20 LEAs. The analysis showed that there was statistically significant scoring improvement from the first calibration assessment to the second. In addition, the improvement in scoring was directly related to the number of exercises each observer completed-–the more Lessons observers completed, the more their scoring improved.


Process and Time Commitment


The OCT will start in November and continue through the end of school year (2015-16). The OCT includes:

Scoring Studies
SS1 (Pre-test)

SS2 (Post-test)
2 full video lessons lasting an entire class periods

17 mini lesson that are element specific and last 4-8 minutes

(The element lessons are the 17 observable elements located within the NCEES rubric)
The average time commitment for completing the OCT is 20 hours.


If you have questions regarding the OCT, please contact Kimberly Simmons, kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov