DPI is required to develop an educator effectiveness evaluation system wherein fifty percent of the total evaluation score assigned to a teacher or principal will be based on measures of student performance. These measures include performance on state assessments, district-wide assessments, student learning objectives, school-wide reading at the elementary and middle school levels, and graduation rates at the high school level. For a teacher, the remaining fifty percent of the total evaluation score will be based on the extent to which the teacher’s practice meets the core teaching standards adopted by the 2011 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium. For a principal, the remaining fifty percent of the total evaluation score will be based on the extent to which the principal’s practice meets the 2008 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Educational Leadership Policy Standards. DPI is also required to promulgate (by administrative rule) an equivalency process for a school district or an independent charter school seeking to utilize an alternative process for the evaluation of teacher and principal practice. DPI has not promulgated an equivalency process at this time.
In addition, the Act provides that a teacher or principal evaluated under the educator effectiveness evaluation system or the equivalency process must be placed in one of three performance categories. These performance categories are: developing, effective, and exemplary. The developing rating describes professional practice and impact on student achievement that does not meet expectations and requires additional support and directed action. The effective rating describes solid, expected professional practice and impact on student achievement. Educators rated as effective will have areas of strength as well as areas for improvement that will be addressed through professional development. The exemplary rating describes outstanding professional practice and impact on student achievement. Educators rated as exemplary will continue to expand their expertise through professional development opportunities.
Currently, DPI is in Phase Three for the development and implementation of the educator effectiveness system. Phase Three will occur from June 2012 until June 2013. During this time, DPI will be conducting a developmental pilot with school districts of varying sizes, regions, and communities throughout the state. Additionally, during this phase, feedback will be collected from the developmental pilot districts, and the system will be refined.
Phase Four of the process will take place from July 2013 until June 2014. During this phase, the educator effectiveness system will be implemented in an expanded pilot statewide, utilizing revisions of the system made as the result of the data and feedback from the developmental pilot. The final phase, Phase Five, will be statewide implementation July 2014 through June 2015. The value-added student outcome data will also be available at this time to allow for full implementation.