§ 351.22. Additional standards for use of the DEBE-333.

 (a)  Standards for use of the DEBE-333 have been incorporated in the official rating card. Additional standards are stated in this section.

 (b)  Descriptors in each category of the DEBE-333 shall not be weighted.

   (1)  The rater shall not divide the total number of points in each category of personality, preparation, technique, and pupil reaction by the total number of descriptors in that category and assign a weight to each descriptor.

   (2)  The rater shall rate the employe in a category using the descriptors as guides; the rater shall not manipulate each descriptor and give it a standard weight or value.

   (3)  The rater does not have to react to all items as descriptors in each observation.

 (c)  Descriptors are not listed in the four categories in order of importance, but simply in alphabetical order.

 (d)  When a gross deficiency in a category is observed, the rater shall place a check in the block provided at the top right corner of that category.

 (e)  The total efficiency rating or number shall be registered in the space provided at the bottom of the front sheet of the DEBE-333.

 (f)  A school district may assign a numerical equivalent to satisfactory and to unsatisfactory and determine that only the difference between those two numbers equivalent to satisfactory and unsatisfactory constitutes a substantial difference.

 (g)  Rating of less than 20 in any category shall be substantiated by anecdotal records and discussed with the employe within 5 working days after the day of the final observation preceding the rating. The discussion may take place before or after the rating is approved by the superintendent. The 5-day limitation may be extended only because of emergency or extenuating circumstances.

 (h)  A temporary professional and a professional employe shall be given the opportunity to sign his rating form.

 (i)  If the employe refuses to sign in the space provided, the refusal shall be recorded and dated. The employe shall be notified in writing of this notation within 10 days.


   The provisions of this §  351.22 adopted August 24, 1979, effective August 25, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2884; corrected November 26, 1982, effective February 16, 1980, 12 Pa.B. 4055.

Notes of Decisions

   Numerical Scores

   The failure to use numerical scores as contemplated by the regulations which created the DEBE-333 form has no effect upon a rating of a teacher as unsatisfactory, since this section requires only that unsatisfactory ratings be approved and signed by the district superintendent or intermediate unit director and be supported by anecdotal records, and not that the unsatisfactory ratings contain numerical scores. Hamburg v. North Penn School District, 484 A.2d 867 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1984).

   Unsatisfactory Ratings

   Although this section discusses how ratings should be completed it does not deal specifically with unsatisfactory ratings. School District of Philadelphia v. Kushner, 530 A.2d 541 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1987); appeal dismissed 552 A.2d 667 (Pa. 1989).

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