2019-2020 Project OTES Pilot

Senate Bill 216, enacted changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) to begin with the 2020-2021 school year.

Districts and school, other than those participating in the voluntary pilot program, will continue to use the current OTES system in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Pilot districts and community schools will implement the revised OTES in 2019-2020 teacher evaluations.

The purpose of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System pilot is to give districts and community schools an opportunity to implement the revised draft OTES Framework and proposed OTES Model and give the Ohio Department of Education feedback before statewide implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. Those who want to take part in the pilot program must agree to the assurances listed below and return a completed Intent to Participate form no later than June 1, 2019, to evaluation@education.ohio.gov.


Districts and community schools taking part in the OTES Pilot during the 2019-2020 school year agree to these assurances:

  1. Fully implement all components of the revised draft Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. All teachers subject to OTES must participate in the pilot using the revised evaluation system. Principals and school counselors will continue using the current evaluation systems.
  2. Complete necessary reporting requirements in the new evaluation portal, OhioES, for the 2019-2020 school year.
  3. Identify a team to attend all three days of training (September, November and February) at regional sites. The team must have no more than five members. It is the team’s responsibility to share all training information with the district or community school. The team must include the following:
    1. Three teachers, one of which must be an association representative;
    2. One district-level administrator;
    3. One building-level administrator responsible for teacher evaluations.
  4. Understand that evaluation data collected may be reflected on the Ohio School Report Cards.
  5. Continue to include in its local evaluation policy procedures for using the evaluation results for employment decisions.
  6. Work through collective bargaining agreements, as necessary, to ensure that a memorandum of understanding is in place to implement the revised, draft OTES.
  7. Provide feedback to the Ohio Department of Education on the revised draft OTES.
  8. Be responsible for costs of substitutes, travel and food associated with the trainings.
  9. Ensure all evaluators are credentialed under the current OTES.


Three required trainings will take place during the pilot year.

Schedule of Training

(Specific dates and locations for training TBD)


Day 1 - September
(regional locations)
  • Overview of revised draft OTES Framework and proposed OTES Model
  • Pilot requirements
  • Reporting requirements
Day 2 - November
(regional locations)
  • Provide feedback
  • Review pilot requirements 
Day 3 - February
(regional locations)
  • Share final format of OTES materials
  • Give feedback on necessary resources and revised credentialing training

Educational Service Centers (ESCs)

Educational service centers can participate in the OTES pilot in these ways:

  • Take part in the pilot during the upcoming year;
  • Help participating districts and community schools implement the revised draft OTES and attend three regional trainings mentioned above (dates and locations to be announced); or
  • Send a representative to the three regional trainings to gather information on implementing the revised draft OTES, and share that information with the districts and community schools served.

For questions, please contact Jeremy Luke at evaluation@education.ohio.gov.

Last Modified: 6/17/2019 10:18:15 AM