After you’ve selected a teacher evaluation framework and set up professional development, the next decision is whether or not to automate the evaluation process. The debate often comes back to cost. Can we afford the automation process? Truthfully, the better question is, “How can we afford not to automate?” The benefits of automating your evaluation process far outweigh the costs when looking at the entire evaluation picture. These benefits apply to everyone that has a stake in the evaluation process, most importantly students.
One of the challenges to implementing a successful teacher evaluation process is determining how to conduct the evaluations in a transparent and efficient way. This is why automating your teacher evaluation process is imperative. Everyone in your school or district will benefit from an automated evaluation process.
When it comes to teacher evaluation frameworks, it can be a challenge to determine which framework is the right choice for your district. In some states, the choice has been determined by legislative action. However, more often the district is given the ability to choose the framework that meets their needs.
It’s natural for anyone to feel pressed when his or her performance is being reviewed. Between budget shortages and time constraints, administrators are often only able to observe teachers one-on-one for a few days out of the school year. Your evaluation process should ensure that teachers are evaluated using a full picture of their work life, including their teaching practices that impact student learning. Involving your teachers in the process of choosing an evaluation rubric is a critical step in creating an observation and evaluation process that is comprehensive and specific.