Peter McWalters

Consultant: Education Systems Effectiveness

Peter McWalters has recently worked as a SEA policy consultant for AACTE in partnership with Stanford University and Evaluation Systems of Pearson on the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium -TPAC. He has also been a consultant to the Educator Workforce program of CCSSO. Peter joined the Council of Chief State School Officers in July 2009 and served as the Interim Director of Educator Development through Feb. 2011, leading the strategic planning process that resulted in the formation of the State Consortium of Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) and co-chaired the Committee that revised the 1992 INTASC Core Principles, resulting in the release of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Core Standards of effective teacher practice in April 2011. Peter is a past President and served on the Board of CCSSO.  McWalters’ background and expertise in educator (both teacher and administrator) development is what led him to his work with the Council.

Peter came to CCSSO after having served as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1992 to 2009.  During his time as Commissioner, McWalters made significant gains in creating a better state-led system of education and increasing success for all of Rhode Island’s students.

A lifelong educator, Commissioner McWalters began his career as a teacher of English as a Second Language in the Rochester, New York, public schools in 1970. He became Superintendent of the Rochester City School District in 1985, and in 1987 settled a landmark teachers contract with the Rochester Teachers Association, an AFT affiliate, that introduced Peer Assistance and Review, Lead Teachers, and a model Mentoring Program for new teachers.

He holds a degree in history and philosophy from Boston College, class of 1968, NY teacher certification in Social Studies, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Administration from the State University of New York, Brockport. He had previously served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, from 1968 to 1970.