Why PERA? Teachers and principals are important for student growth Only.4% of teachers have been rated “unsatisfactory” in the past Must measure professional competencies and student growth Must ensure that evaluation systems are valid and reliable
The Hidden Costs of Tenure 2005 Article by Scott Reeder Cost to fire a tenured teacher = $219,000 95,500 Illinois tenured teachers an average of only 2 fired per year 5 fired for issues of misconduct Only 1 out 930 evaluations resulted in unsatisfactory 83% of districts have never rated a teacher unsatisfactory in past decade 94% have never attempted to fire anyone with tenure
PERA Requires Form Joint Committee to – Design performance based evidence of teacher practice – Incorporate data and indicators of student growth into the teacher and principal evaluation Required evaluator training New four rating categories Allows for use of peer evaluators
Groupings Group 1 – Non tenure teacher who has no performance evaluation rating. Group 2 – Each teacher with a Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory rating on either of the teacher’s last 2 performance ratings Group 3 – Teacher with a performance rating of Proficient on both of the teacher’s last 2 Group 4 - Teacher with a performance rating of Excellent on both of the teacher’s last 2 or 2 Excellent of last 3 with other being Proficient
New Ratings Effects – Tenure – Honorable dismissal – Remediation – Professional development plan required for teachers rated “Needs Improvement” or “Unsatisfactory” – Cause for dismissal
SB7 Changes Honorable Dismissal (RIF)/layoff of both tenured and non-tenured teachers Acquisition of tenure, post PERA implementation changes – Four year – Accelerated – Two year
There are 138 “Shall’s” in the Part 50 Rules for Performance Evaluation
This new process requires “ formal ” and “ informal ” observations.
Non-probationary teachers: at least 2 observations a year (1 formal) Probationary teachers: at least 3 observations (2 formal) Professional development must align to NSDC standards.
Phased-in implementation for new teacher evaluations. All 625 Chicago schools and schools receiving School Improvement Grants will implement in 2012-13. Lowest 20% performing schools by 2015-16 and All remaining schools by 2016- 17.
Most other states are doing similar reform of teacher evaluation
There is not a state professional practice default model. Danielson Frameworks For Teaching is the state model.