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As School Social Workers, we often do not fit into typical district forms for employment or evaluation. As a result, teacher evaluation forms are often used to evaluate school social workers.   The following are some samples of School Social Work evaluations that can be used as a resource when your team is developing your own School Social Work Evaluation Form specific to your district/state.   If you have copies of possible School Social Work Evaluation Tools  that may be helpful for others to use, please send to us for consideration.  

SSWAA National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) has developed the National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice (2013)  and in Word  which is adapted from The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2013) by Charlotte Danielson, published by the Danielson Group.   The SSWAA National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice (2013) is cross-walked with the SSWAA National School Social Work Practice Model (2013)    (PDF Version)  and the National Association of Social Workers Standards for School Social Work Services (2012).  You may also reference an accompanying powerpoint for additional information.   School systems are invited to adapt this evaluation framework to meet a district's specific needs for evaluating their school social work programs and services.

SSWAA Members:  Click here to check out more information about SSWAA's Evaluation Framework as well as various sample evaluation forms and practice manuals that can be used as resources to develop your own School Social Work Evaluation Form.   

Evaluating Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

SSWAA was a contributor to the development of a newly released guide, Evaluating Specialized Instructional Support Personnel. This guide is a supplement to the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders resource, A Practical Guide for Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems. SSWAA's own evaluation template is in the work, along with those of other SISP professional organizations. In addition, Myrna Mandlawitz, SSWAA Government Relations Director, was a reviewer on the project.  The guide helps state and district teams design evaluation systems specifically for specialized instructional support personnel (SISP), including school social workers, so that evaluations capture the diverse roles of and depth and breadth of services provided by SISP. 

The guide is organized in four sections, each of which includes state-level examples and guiding questions for designing evaluation systems that better account for the unique roles and responsibilities of SISP:

• Statutory and regulatory requirements that detail criteria used to determine which personnel are subject to evaluation
• Suitability and need for differentiation within measures of instructional/teacher practice and student growth based upon specific district responsibilities, roles, and national professional association standards
• Evaluator training to assist state and local teams in adopting best practices for specific school personnel
To read more and obtain guide,
click here.  

Evaluation Resources: 

Center for Mental Health in Schools. Evaluation and accountability: Getting credit for all you do! (101 pages.)  

Dibble, Nic  (2007).  Using Data to Document the Benefit of School Social Work Services  See:

Sample Evaluation Forms:


Hillsborough County Public Schools:  Contributed by Ken Gaughan, Director;  Richard Lucas and other lead school social workers.   Check out how this district has utilized the Danielson Evaluation Framework for School Social Workers

School Social Worker Evaluation Powerpoint Presented November 12, 2013 by Dr. Kenneth Gaughan, Bernadette Alers, Richard Lucas, Patricia Pili, and Marta Rodriquez Rivera

School Social Worker Evaluation Instrument/Rubric  

School Social Worker Evaluation Form:  Pre-Observation Conference. 

School Social Worker Required Observations:  2013-2014 Chart


School Social Worker Effectiveness Rubric and Guidance Document. (Indiana)     March 14, 2012.  Newly enacted evaluation legislation requires schools to evaluate staff and categorize them as highly effective, effective, improvement necessary or ineffective. To assist schools in implementing the law, the Indiana Department of Education has developed a model school social worker effectiveness rubric.

The Hiring, Evaluation and Professional Development of School Social Workers  Chapter 3. of the Indiana School Social Work Manual developed by the Indiana Associatiion of School Social Workers


Minnesota School Social Work Guidelines  Chapter 3 taken from the Manual for School Social Work Practice in Minnesota developed by the Minnesota School Social Workers Association


Sample Evaluation 3 Way  Draft from the School Social Workers Association of Missouri

Sample Evaluation 5 Way  Draft from the School Social Workers Association of Missouri



Sample Evaluation--Beloit  School District   From Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's School Social Work Practice Guide


Sample Evaluation--Milwaukee Evaluation Rubric    From Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's School Social Work Practice Guide

West Bend:

Sample Evaluation--West Bend Summative Evaluation  From Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's School Social Work Practice Guide

Sample Evaluation--West Bend Formative Evaluation  From Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's School Social Work Practice Guide


Cheyenne Wyoming Evaluation Rubric     Rubric developed In 2011 for the Cheyenne Wyoming School District adapted from the Danielson Model.  Contributed by Kristi Espinoza, LCSW.

Sample Evidences:

 School Social Work Evaluation: Sample Evidences: 

This guide was developed as a tool to assist school social workers interested in developing possible job descriptions and/or evaluation tools specific to school social work. The National Association of Social Worker’s revised Standards for School Social Work Practice were used as a framework to outline competencies. A number of  school social work evaluation forms were then reviewed and various objectives/evidences have been organized as possible performance indicators relative to the various national standards and criterion. Please consider these objectives/evidences as a menu of possible items to select from in developing your own documents.   


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