Several new resources are available for states working on their evaluation systems:
Content created by the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher and Leader Effectiveness & Standards and Assessment Community of Practice (TLE-SA CoP), which was created to support Race to the Top states, is publicly available online. The Reform Support Network is part of the TLE-SA CoP; we have used them on a few SCEE webinars, particularly those webinars focused on student learning objectives. When you are on the website, scroll down to the links on "TLE-SA Resources" and "TLE-SA Convenings."
Hope Street Group is providing a resource for states and state stakeholders that provides strategies for decision makers, evaluators, and teachers at all stages of evaluation reform. This online resource is called the Teacher Evaluation Playbook.
This Teacher Evaluation Playbook emphasizes five tenets of evaluation reform.
- Provide opportunities for teachers to be partners at the table in evaluation reform efforts
- Establish a feedback loop for key stakeholders
- Work towards professional growth and continued improvement Include non-tested subjects and grades in assessments
- Innovate and constantly improve the evaluation system
Hope Street Group identified best practices in designing teacher evaluation programs, large-scale communications strategies and methods of engaging teachers through in-depth interviews of teachers, policymakers, union and state officials who are involved in this work. National Teacher Fellows from nine states took a leading role in interviewing, researching, and designing the playbook.
Researchers from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project recently talked about the work they have encouraged to create an "observation engine," an online tool to improve the reliability of classroom observations conducted by administrators and other observers.
Jess Wood of D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) also referred to this tool during the SCEE webinar on evaluating teacher practice.
4. New Teacher Center's TELL Resource Library
This online resource provides links to free articles that support schools in addressing the core areas of the NTC TELL survey:
- Use of Time
- Facilities and Resources
- Community Support and Involvement
- Managing Student Conduct
- Teacher Leadership
- School Leadership
- Professional Development
- Instructional Practices and Support
- New Teacher Support
In addition, the site features a section for users to learn how to use TELL data to improve schools. This resource also describes the TELL Initiative as well as breaks down available resources intended for school leaders and improvement teams by type and by survey area.
And don't forget the many resources available to SCEE members, including some of our most recent site additions:
- Recent Reports
- Legal Defensibility Discussion (available to SCEE members)
Recently the Missouri state team lead, Paul Katnik posed a questions of his peers regarding the guidelines an SEA offer to LEAs as they create these policies that would ensure the highest probability in their evaluation process legally defensible. Members of SCEE's private Evaluation Discussion Group can take part in the discussion!
This follows after our member webinar and expert chat about legal defensibility from 2011. For additional information regarding issues of legal defensibility, SCEE offers a number of resources in the file cabinet in the Evaluation folder. These include:
- Evaluation Messaging
Our newest resource page--Evaluation Messaging--shares state approaches to and examples of communications around evaluation system redesign.