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The world of teacher evaluations can be difficult to navigate when trying to remain in compliance. A report from the Center for Public Education outlines how widely teacher evaluations can differ from state to state—13 states require state-mandated evaluation systems, 21 states allow districts to design their own framework that complies with state standards, while the remaining 17 states fall somewhere in between these two ends. The goal of all the various state-mandates for teacher evaluations remains the same: to promote the growth and development of educators.
When it comes to closing the achievement gaps between students from wealthy and underserved communities, and between white and minority students, there is no greater determining factor than the presence (or lack thereof) of quality teachers. Consistency is a determining factor in the effectiveness and quality of teaching at any school or district. Research shows that the cumulative effect of having quality instruction over time greatly increases an individual student’s success in the classroom and beyond.
Schools and districts across the U.S. have invested in building new teacher evaluation systems to better identify effective teaching. Still, teachers frequently feel that there is a disconnect between the professional development they receive and the teacher evaluation process. Below is a list of common issues in the evaluation and professional development process—and how to avoid them!