The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in December of 2015, ended (for now, anyway) the federal government’s involvement in educator evaluations. No Child Left Behind, ESSA’s predecessor, was much more prescriptive—and one could argue much more disruptive—than ESSA.
According to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), 43 states require the inclusion of student growth in educator evaluations. Naturally, the 43 states vary widely in how much student growth factors into that final evaluation rating. The student growth weight could be anywhere from “requiring objective evidence” (without an exact percentage) to 50% (which we would call “extremely significant”). What are districts using to meet the student growth requirement?
Teacher evaluations have become a major focus in the education field. With such high stakes, choosing the correct framework for your district is crucial. To get the most out of your evaluation process, you need an automated system. We would argue that evaluation automation is just as critical as choosing the framework itself. The software used to automate the process will be used extensively throughout the school year, so it must be easy to use. Nothing will derail the process quicker than a difficult or confusing evaluation process.