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Vol. 47, No. 21

April 17, 2013

 

State Board Gives Preliminary Approval to New Educator Evaluation Principles

Standards aim to improve instruction, student performance

 

The State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to new principles to guide the evaluation of teachers and school administrators at its meeting Tuesday in Jefferson City.

School districts can adopt the state model evaluation system or they can create their own evaluation system that aligns with the new principles.

"There is no greater influence on students' success than the quality of their teacher,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "If we want our children to achieve more, we need to guide our districts to support and develop effective teachers."

State law requires all school districts in the state to evaluate educators employed by the district.

The new principles for educator evaluation will be open for public comment for 30 days. They will be presented to the State Board of Education for final approval later this year.

Hundreds of educators throughout Missouri were involved in the development of the evaluation principles and the state's model educator evaluation system. More than 100 school districts, as well as several charter schools, across the state have been pilot testing the model system during the 2012-2013 school year.

The model educator evaluation system is based on seven principles deemed essential to the effective evaluation of teachers and administrators. They include:

  • Using research-based performance goals.
  • Establishing performance indicators for educators based on their level of performance.
  • Aligning the evaluation process with an educator's probationary period to provide for an appropriate accumulation of performance data.
  • Using student learning, based on a wide variety of performance measures, in the evaluation process.
  • Assessing educator performance on a regular basis and providing feedback teachers and administrators can use to improve performance throughout their career.
  • Ensuring evaluators are highly trained so that evaluation ratings are fair, accurate and reliable.
  • Utilizing the evaluation process to guide school district policies that impact the development of educators and student learning.

Preparing and supporting quality educators is one of the primary goals of the Department's To 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for Missouri to be among the top 10 performing states in education in the nation by the year 2020.

For more information about Missouri's Model Educator Evaluation System, visit dese.mo.gov/eq/ees.htm