After several years of working with various stakeholders to create a model evaluation system, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is conducting a pilot during the 2012-2013 school year. The Missouri Educator Evaluation System is based on seven essential principles. The principles include:
- research-based practices;
- differentiated levels of performance;
- a probationary period for new educators;
- use of measures of student growth in learning;
- ongoing, deliberate, meaningful, and timely feedback;
- standardized and periodic training for evaluators; and
- evaluation results to inform personnel employment determinations, decisions, and policy.
The commitment of the Missouri DESE to hold true to these six principles is evident in their documentation of the connections of the Educator Evaluation System to research-based practices. Missouri has made all of the resources related to the model system available online at http://dese.mo.gov/eq/ees.htm.
Research and Proven Practices identifies specific instructional strategies based on effect size. Educators in states across the country are searching for resources like this one in response to an increased emphasis on effectiveness. I've shared it with my colleagues and believe you will want to do the same.
The sample surveys in the Companion Document are another excellent resource. Each question is aligned to educator standards. The samples include: surveys to be completed by faculty and staff for administrators, surveys to be completed by parents for schools/districts and for teachers, and surveys to be completed by students for teachers. Surveying students contributed to my growth as a classroom teacher and is one of the multiple measures that I'd like to see more states utilize.
What resources on the Missouri DESE website are most helpful to you?