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States are working to make educator evaluations more reflective of effective instruction, more attentive to student learning, more diagnostic and more informative for making human resources decisions. Changing familiar patterns presents challenges both for teachers and for those evaluating them, as performance expectations and roles shift. The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness & Standards and Assessment Community of Practice (TLE-SA CoP) assists States as they introduce new evaluation systems. This CoP urges States to engage with teachers, both to explain the systems and invite feedback for improving them.
Developing Data Dashboards and Scorecards to Improve Educator Evaluation Reporting and Management
The Reform Support Network (RSN) co-hosted a webinar on “Developing Data Dashboards and Scorecards to Improve Educator Evaluation Reporting and Management” on June 5, 2014, with the ESEA Flexibility team. The webinar presented information and resources that have been gathered through the RSN’s Quality Evaluation Rollout (QER) Work Group subgroup on Data Analytics. Data dashboards and scorecards can be effective tools for States and districts to report on key educator evaluation metrics and regularly manage the new systems. During the webinar, States reviewed the key features of data dashboards and scorecards and how to build and use them to manage educator evaluation systems. States also heard lessons learned from representatives of Delaware and New Jersey as they begin implementing these tools. You may access materials from the webinar on the Quality Evaluation Rollout Work Group Webpage. An archived recording of the webinar can be accessed here.
Promising Practices for States in Supporting Teacher Compensation Reform
This publication shares lessons learned and promising practices based on State and school district experiences with teacher compensation reform. In spring 2013, the Tennessee State Board of Education passed a new policy requiring the Tennessee Department of Education to help school districts design new teacher compensation systems, many of which will take effect in school year 2014-2015. To assist Tennessee in its support of local districts transitioning to differentiated pay plans for teachers, the Reform Support Network organized a virtual peer feedback session in June 2013. This report summarizes the advice from experts to Tennessee on topics such as engaging stakeholders, creating bold pay models, developing training sessions and collecting and acting on feedback. The report broadens the Tennessee-specific feedback to make it relevant to States and districts working to better align compensation systems with performance.
Promising Practices in Approving and Renewing Principal Preparation Programs
This publication outlines steps States can take to strengthen the approval and renewal processes of their principal preparation programs.
Systems for Approving Professional Development Providers: An Introduction
This report introduces systems for approving professional development providers as they currently operate in two State education agencies (SEAs) and two professions outside of education. The report introduces the topic and guides readers toward more detailed information.
Making High-Quality Teacher Evaluation Manageable
This publication explores quickly deployable, high-impact tactics that SEAs and LEAs are using to make their evaluation systems more manageable. It also examines the foundation upon which States and school districts must build high-quality, manageable evaluation systems.
Promoting Evaluation Rating Accuracy: Strategic Options for States
This report summarizes the outcomes of a discussion among a group of State and district officials, teachers and principals, and external experts in educator evaluations and strategic communications who gathered in the District of Columbia to examine early results from evaluation systems in two States.
Baltimore's Career Pathways Initiative for Teachers
This publication describes Baltimore's Model Pathway, the process for becoming a Model Teacher, and lessons the LEA learned from working with teachers and the Baltimore Teacher's Union to negotiate their new differentiated career pathways and compensation.
Superintendents Speak: Local Perspectives on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model's First Year
This publication highlights a series of video clips in which LEA level officials from Tennessee provide their local perspective and views from the ground on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM), a comprehensive new teacher evaluation system based on multiple measures of teacher performance.
Transition to TEAM: First-Year Reflections on Implementing a New Teacher Evaluation System in Tennessee
This paper describes Tennessee's transition to the Teacher Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) and illustrates implementation challenges and lessons learned.
Communication and Engagement
Educator Evaluation Communications Toolkit
This toolkit, developed by the Quality Evaluation Rollout Work Group, contains a set of tools and resources to support States in communicating about educator evaluation systems with key audiences, with a focus on teachers. It includes recommended strategies to help States develop effective messages, provide educators with the information they really want, and communicate about difficult and complex topics such as value-added data.
Educator Evaluation: Reaching and Engaging the Most Critical Stakeholders
This presentation is from a webinar conversation hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, March 10, 2014, with representatives from the Race to the Top and ESEA Flexibility programs to discuss communications strategies and educator engagement in new evaluation systems. As States around the country develop and implement new evaluation and support systems, there is a growing need to engage educators in the process and effectively communicate about how these reforms will impact teachers, administrators and students. Recognizing the urgency of getting these strategies right, the Reform Support Network has developed a set of tools in the Educator Evaluation Communications Toolkit to support States in communicating about new evaluation and support systems, using an approach that works and language that all key stakeholders can understand.
- Engaging Educators: A Reform Support Network Guide for States and Districts Toward a New Grammar and Framework for Educator Engagement
This publication highlights a series of video clips featuring an overview and discussion of the Engaging Educators guide among State and local educational agency leaders from Race to the Top grantee States.
Engaging Educators: A Reform Support Network Guide for States and Districts
This guide proposes a framework for engaging teachers in evaluation reforms and proposes new roles that State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) and State and local union affiliates can play to support their engagement.
State Perspectives on Emerging Practices for Effective Communication with Educators around Evaluation
This brief explores emerging practices for improving communication between teachers and State education agencies on teacher evaluation systems.