Aligning Teacher Feedback with Teaching and Learning

More often than not, the disconnect between teacher evaluations and actual improvements in the academic quality of a school or district occurs when teachers are not given adequate or applicable feedback based on observations and assessments. It’s all well and good to say that a specific teacher needs to meet a teaching standard, but failing to connect that standard to specific professional learning opportunities can stifle progress. Here are some best practices for making the most out of the time you invest in teacher observations and evaluations with teacher feedback that’s aligned with your school or district’s teaching and learning goals.

Finding the Right Evaluation Framework for your School District

The world of teacher evaluations is vast, dynamic, and 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.