Educator Evaluation System
You’ve likely heard information about the new Educator Evaluation Process being implemented for the 2014-15 school year at JCPS. Here’s more information about this exciting way to grow and improve as we work together to support students!
Who? Certificated staff members will be a part of this new evaluation system.
What? A committee of 30 teachers, principals and administrators has worked to take DESE’s evaluation model and revamp it to meet the needs and goals of our district. This group has created a more targeted, concise evaluation tool, to be completed online. The new evaluation tool is aligned with our district goals and strategies and will provide ample opportunity for professional growth by providing more immediate feedback and more meaningful dialogue about your performance.
This new process will differ from the prior performance-based teacher evaluation process. The frequency of observations will increase, but the duration of observations will decrease. Your administrator will conduct at least five short (often three to seven minute) “walk-throughs.” And, there will be no more scheduled observations; instead, first year teachers will participate in at least two unscheduled observations, and other probationary teachers and permanent teachers on cycle for evaluation will participate in at least one unscheduled observation. These unscheduled observations will be a bit longer, likely 20 to 30 minutes. We will maintain the current three-year cycle for evaluation of tenured teachers.
Given that the primary focus on the new process is professional growth, during the 2014-15 school year, all teachers will focus on the same three growth goals: 1) Instructional goals and differentiated instructional strategies, 2) Assessment data to improve learning, and 3) Collaborating to meet student needs. Administrators will continue to look at other indicators of good teaching, such as classroom management techniques, differentiated lesson design and student engagement, just to name a few.
When? Meetings to further explain the process and changes will take place in your building before the end of the school year. Training on the new online system will take place in July and August. The program will be piloted during the 2014-15 school year.
Where? All buildings across JCPS will be a part of the new system, providing consistent evaluations district-wide.
Why? We want to grow professionally. Additionally, this change was necessary to comply with new state mandates calling for a revised evaluation system. It’s important to remember that the coming school year will be a learning process for everyone. We want your input as we work through this implementation, as modifications will inevitably be needed as we move forward.
Please contact your building’s committee representative or Stephanie Sappenfield at the Human Resources office at 632-3441with any questions.
Evaluation Handbook 2016-2017