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Educator Evaluation Reform in New Jersey: Overview and Update 1 Camden County Superintendents’ Roundtable June 8 th 2012 Voorhees Township.

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1 Educator Evaluation Reform in New Jersey: Overview and Update 1 Camden County Superintendents’ Roundtable June 8 th 2012 Voorhees Township

2 Evaluation System Reform: Origin and Trends 2 Current evaluations are subjective and fail to impact teaching practice NEW JERSEY Troubling achievement gaps 50% of community college students never graduate NATIONALLY  Abundance of research cites teacher effectiveness as the most important in-school factor for improving student achievement  The Widget Effect exposes failure of schools to distinguish among and recognize the effectiveness of their teachers: Nearly all teachers are rated good or great Excellence goes unrecognized Inadequate professional development No special attention to novices Poor performance goes unaddressed  The Obama administration highlights evaluation reform as a key commitment tied to federal policy and funding opportunities  At least 32 states have recently changed their evaluation systems

3 Summary of Lessons Learned from Cohort 1 Pilots  Stakeholder engagement is critical for ensuring buy-in during initial implementation phase  District Evaluation Pilot Advisory Committee (DEPAC) meetings that are open to additional staff members help build a culture of trust, transparency, and two-way communication  Selection and procurement of a teaching practice observation instrument requires buy-in from stakeholders and a process taking 4-8 weeks  Quality observer and teacher training is critical to help ensure teacher understanding, the quality of observer feedback, and the reliability and accuracy of observer judgements  Capacity challenges exist for administrators in completing the increased number of observations, so these must be prioritized  Identifying and/or developing measures of student achievement for teachers of Non-Tested Grades and Subjects presents a significant challenge 3

4 Plan for School Year, Option 1 Based on lessons learned from pilot districts, EPAC, and national research and models, DOE will offer two options to districts in :  Option 1: Participate in a new pilot of the evaluation system Funding available for up to 20 districts New pilot districts to help DOE continue to refine plans for a strong statewide system Notice of Grant Opportunity posted March 28, 2012 with full details and application process; applications now under review Current pilots may participate for an extended year through separate funding process 4

5 Plan for School Year, Option 2 Option 2: Take steps to prepare for full implementation in  Pilot the new system in some or all schools, if desired  At a minimum, meet the following milestones in : Form District Advisory Committee to ensure stakeholder engagement by November 2012 Adopt a research-based observation framework and rubric with at least four differentiated levels of performance by January 2013 Test frameworks/rubrics from January-August 2013 Thoroughly train teachers by June 2013 Thoroughly train observers by August 2013 Complete progress reports on milestones in January and July

6 Initial Considerations for Districts State-wide 6 Budget implications Creation of District Advisory Committee Communication and Outreach to Stakeholders Selection of Teacher Practice Evaluation Framework Pilot Teacher Training Evaluator Training Selection/ Development of Measures of Student Achievement

7 Grant for selected Cohort 2 Pilot Districts General fund unreserved surplus in the original budget; Title IIA funds – See EE4NJ FAQ website for guidance Race to the Top funds (for those participating and designating evaluation as an activity in their Scope of Work) Title I – Title I, Part A funds may be used only for schools with school-wide Title I programs Title I, Part A funds must supplement and not supplant state/local funds; if any components of the district’s teacher evaluation system become a state and/or local requirement, the district may no longer use Title I funds to support the system – School Improvement Funds (for those eligible) SIA Part A – FY 2011 carryover funds used for this purpose must be encumbered prior to August 31, 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds Funding Sources for Evaluation Work

8 NJDOE is developing a process to approve observation instruments; districts and stakeholders will be able to submit instruments for review – There is NO one state-mandated model The only difference between pilot and non-pilot district instrument selection in is that non-pilot districts may use a “home-grown” instrument – Creating or modifying an instrument intended to inform high- stakes decisions requires technical expertise and significant resources to develop an evidence base – Districts that adopt a home-grown or modified instrument must develop their evidence base over the course of the first year of implementation – NJDOE is developing a reporting and auditing process to ensure districts’ selected instruments meet all specifications Selecting the Teaching Practice Observation Instrument

9 Instrument must have an evidence base documenting that it meets the following specifications and practices: – Produces scores or classifications of practice that shown (in practice or research studies) to differentiate a range of teaching performance – Has objective validity evidence on construct and concurrent validity – Aligns to 2011 InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and provides rubrics for assessing teaching practice in at least the following domains of professional practice:InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards learning environment planning and preparation instructional practice/classroom strategies and behaviors professional responsibilities and collegiality, including collaborative practice and ethical professional behavior – Provides scales or dimensions that capture multiple and varied aspects of teaching performance – Includes rubrics for assessing teaching practice that have a minimum of four levels of performance scores or classifications – Is implemented using classroom observations as a major component Specifications for Evaluation Instrument (by 1/13 for non-pilots)

10 – Has resources, which may be provided by an entity other than the instrument developer, that: Provide applied examples of teaching performance across a wide range of skills and performance levels to be used for training teachers and observers and for observer certification or proof of mastery Provide at least one skills assessment sufficient to determine that an observer is scoring at acceptably high levels of accuracy and consistency as compared to expert judgment, to allow certification or proof of mastery for observers applying the instrument – Certification or proof of mastery designation would be conferred on candidates who have successfully completed training and achieved a high level of accuracy as defined for that instrument and rubric Permit calibration of observers’ application of the instrument at least once per year, Provide ongoing support to teachers and observers, such as exemplar videos of teaching practice measured by the instrument Support the district in building observer capacity, such as train-the trainer modules and video banks of teaching practice exemplars Specifications for Evaluation Instrument (cont.)

11 Goal: Ensure stakeholder engagement in evaluation reform Requirements: – Convene committee no later than November 2012 NJDOE strongly advises committee be formed ASAP, as it will oversee and guide planning and implementation of the district’s evaluation policies and procedures – Ensure committee is composed of: Teachers from each school level in the district Central office administrators overseeing evaluation process Administrators conducting evaluations Superintendent Special education administrator Parent Member of the district board of education Additional members at the discretion of the superintendent Non-Pilot Participants: Forming an Advisory Committee

12 Comparison of and Teacher Evaluation Pilots Cohort 1 ( ) Funding: $1.2M Participants: 11 districts and 19 SIG schools Observations: Informal observations required No unannounced observations required Set duration and number No differentiation between minimum number for teachers of core and non-core subjects No requirements related to inter-rater agreement, use of external observers, double-scoring Cohort 2 ( ) Funding: $2.2M Participants: Approximately 20 new districts and Cohort 1 districts that opt to continue Observations: Some unannounced observations required More flexibility on duration and number Minimum number differs for teachers of core and non-core subjects New processes required to ensure inter- rater agreement and accuracy, including use of external observers and double-scoring of some sessions External researcher engaged Stakeholder advisory committees required at state and district level Communication plan and collaboration with NJDOE Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 Aligned professional development plan Comprehensive training for evaluators and teachers Commitment to develop and test measures of student performance

13 Observation Requirement Changes: to

14 Teacher Evaluation Pilot Observation Requirements

15 Teacher Evaluation Pilot Components

16 Annual teacher evaluations based on standards of effective teaching practices; every teacher, regardless of experience, deserves meaningful feedback on teaching performance on an annual basis Multiple measures of teaching performance and student performance, with student academic progress or growth as a key measure A summative rating that combines the scores of all the measures of teaching practice and student achievement Four summative rating categories (highly effective, effective, partially effective, ineffective) that clearly differentiate levels of performance A link from the evaluation to professional development that meets the needs of educators at all levels of practice Pilot Requirements for Evaluation System

17 EE4NJ Website and Contact Information Website: Contact information: – For general questions, please – Phone:


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