Managing teacher evaluation compliance has evolved since the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2011, Race-to-the Top initiative, and state waivers. Most states have passed legislation that relates to increasing teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution, ensuring the quality of standards and assessments, improving the collection and use of data, and supporting struggling schools. As a result, district leaders need to ensure they are complying with federal and/or state mandates or guidelines.
State Accountability and Flexibility
Some states mandate a particular evaluation model or a state-wide system while others allow every district to determine its own model. Others may provide specific guidelines for the evaluation model and allow local districts flexibility in adapting the guidelines locally. Some may mandate the use of student achievement as a significant factor, while other states direct which factors are local decision making and which are state mandates. State accountability factors could include specific components of the teacher evaluation model, what weighted measures are to be used, and how often classroom observations are to be conducted and by whom.
Based on laws in your state around teacher evaluation accountability and flexibility, here are ten top questions you will want to address with teacher evaluation compliance using an online platform.
10 Top Questions About Teacher Evaluation Compliance Using Online Platforms
- Is the data collection methodology and reporting easily understood and user-friendly?
- Does the platform allow for teachers or administrators to make changes when errors are found?
- Can the online platform provide customized reports based on compliance criteria (i.e deadline dates, number of observations, total time of classroom observations)?
- Can evaluators easily manage compliance factors such as deadline dates for the teachers they evaluate each year?
- What process have you established to ensure clean data and how easily can this be imported/exported into/from the platform?
- Can the online platform provide automatic data validation?
- Do administrators and teachers have access to the teacher evaluation data?
- What reports can be generated to identify highly effective teachers and potential mentors?
- What reports can be used to identify teachers in need of support and target professional learning?
- Can the platform provide data or reports that can be submitted to the State to meet year-end reporting requirements?
If you have any additional questions that should be added to this list, feel free to add as a comment to this blog.
As federal guidance and policy lean toward more state responsibility for ensuring teacher quality and monitoring district teacher evaluation, states must determine their role and level of involvement from providing limited guidance to taking a more directive approach. The Education Commission of the States State Policy Database (www.ecs.org) and the State-by-State Evaluation Timeline Briefs by the National Council on Teacher Quality (www.nctq.org) are both great resources on current state policies.
To learn more about how TeachPoint’s platform enables you to easily manage compliance for the questions above and your state requirements, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.