Teacher Evaluation News
Connecticut State Department of Education Announces it will Not Require Submission of Teacher Evaluation Plans for 2016-17
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) recently announced school districts in Connecticut will not have to submit their Annual Educator Evaluation and Support Plan for approval in 2016-17 due to the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and potential changes to the Connecticut Guidelines for Educator Evaluation. If a district makes a substantive change that diverges from its CSDE-approved plan, the district will have to submit the amendment to the CSDE for approval. The "Request for Amendment" form can be found on the CSDE website at: http://www.connecticutseed.org/?page_id=2628.
The CEA urges PDECs to consider requesting an amendment form if teachers are unhappy with aspects of their current plan. Please contact Kate Field, the CEA's Teacher Development Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-725-6368 with any questions related to teacher evaluation or for help amending your current evaluation plan.
Much of the discussion about the use of student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers has centered on how unfair the "value-added" method is to teachers because it is unreliable and can — and does — label effective teachers as ineffective too often.
Research-Based Options for Education Policy Making, by William Mathis, is a 10-part brief that takes up important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each section focuses on a different issue, and its recommendations for policymakers are based on the latest scholarship.
Dr. Marzano's Teacher Evaluation Model
Dr. Marzano's teacher evaluation model purports to be the first "research-based", "valid, reliable and defensible" teacher evaluation model. A link to validation studies supporting this assertion can be found here.
Kim Marshall is widely considered an expert in the field of teacher evaluation. Read about her rationale and suggestions for implementation of teacher evaluation rubrics.
Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching
Charlotte Danielson's work in teacher evaluation, upon whose ideas most of CT's school districts' current evaluation plans are based, is revolutionary. The Pennsylvania State Education Association even has information about her work on a page linked to its home page.
New Teacher Project
Boldly stating, "Everyone agrees that teacher evaluations are broken", the New Teacher Project offers six standards that any teacher evaluation plan of quality should meet. The New Teacher Project's mission is to end educational inequality by ensuring that excellent teachers go into the districts in which they are most needed. The New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning through "accelerating the effectiveness" of new teachers. One of their largest contributors is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
NHPS Teacher Evaluation and Development Process
The New Haven Public Schools adopted a much-touted and somewhat controversial system of evaluating teachers in conjunction with the American Federation of Teachers' Connecticut affiliate. The system is based on teacher ratings of 1 (Needs Improvement) to 5 (Exemplary).