Student Growth Measures Added to Improve Instruction


Beginning this school year, public schools will use student growth data as a factor when evaluating teachers and principals.

“The process of evaluation serves multiple purposes,” said Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner for the Office of Educator Quality. “The most important purpose is to help teachers and principals become more effective and ultimately improve student learning.”

The Department provides guidelines to public schools on how they evaluate their teachers and principals. Those guidelines began to go into effect last year. The use of student growth data as a part of the evaluation process will now be implemented as well. Training has been provided to all public schools, beginning last year and continuing this year.

Using student growth data in the evaluation of teachers and principals aligns with goals of Missouri's Top 10 by 20 initiative: preparing, developing and supporting effective educators and ensuring that all Missouri students graduate ready for college and career.