The Wisconsin OT and PT Evaluation Rubric is intended as a guide for practitioners to plan and implement therapy, and to reflect and apply the process to advance their skills. It is also designed to provide evaluators with an understanding of the individual domains and components, aligned to the corresponding levels of performance. Each component contains a descriptive element and each level of performance is supported with practitioner examples. Practitioners and evaluators should study the components, elements, and examples to gain a solid understanding of skills performed across levels. An evaluator who understands the professional roles and responsibilities of an OT or PT is better equipped to assess skills and provide guidance to the individual practitioner. All evaluators of OTs and PTs must hold an active administrator's license in the state of Wisconsin, as required within PI 34.
The rubric is not intended to be used as a stand-alone evaluation tool, rather as a part of the Wisconsin OT and PT Evaluation System. It is part of a collaborative effort to demonstrate an individual professional’s growth and development over time. Practitioners new to their practice may commonly operate in the Emerging level. Practitioners with four or more years of experience may generally operate between the Developing to Proficient levels on most items. Common attributes of practitioners assessed at the Distinguished level may include a commitment to improve the practice of other practitioners, are leaders in the field, and have an overall commitment to learning and professional growth integral to moving along the continuum.
The rating scale is an optional tool for the evaluator to use when summarizing practitioner observations per domain and component and/or when recording the practitioner’s final evaluation.
Student or Program Outcomes (SPOs)
SPOs are rigorous, achievable goals developed by OT and PT practitioners and their evaluators, based on identified student or program needs across a specified period of time. OT and PT practitioners will develop one SPO annually, with a minimum of one to three SPOs available as evidence toward their final SPO score in their Summary Year, depending on how many years are in their Evaluation Cycle.
Forms: Google Sheets Versions
OT/PT Goal Setting
Completed annually by the practitioner.
Completed annually by the practitioner in collaboration with evaluator or peer/coach. Practitioner may choose to write a change goal for student learning or a program based on need and role of the practitioner.
Used to collect evidence from all observations throughout evaluation cycle. May also be used to collect evidence in unannounced observations, known as Mini-Observations, if appropriate to the practitioner role.
Completed by the practitioner and shared with the evaluator prior to the End-of-Cycle Conference.
Completed by the evaluator after reviewing all forms, observation evidence, practitioner artifact evidence aligned to rubric components, as well as practitioner self-scores and reflections. Evaluator documents summary practice component scores and a holistic SPO score on this form.
We recognize and extend thanks to the small writing group of statewide OTs, PTs, and Special Education Directors who committed extensive time, energy, and expertise to make this evaluation system available to OTs and PTs statewide.