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Building a better evaluation system: Examples of systems that use value-added measures

Hillsborough (FL) County’s Empowering Effective Teachers Initiative

First Implemented:

Planned for 2011-12

Subjects and grades tested:

Math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3-11

Evaluation measures for teachers in tested subjects and grades:

  • 60% classroom observation (30% by the principal, 30% by a mentor/peer advisor)
  • 40% value-added scores

Evaluation measures for teachers in nontested subjects or grades

Same as teachers in tested subject and grades because the objective is that value-added estimates will be available for all teachers

Source: Steele, J, Hamilton, L & Stecher, B (2010). Incorporating performance measures into teacher evaluation systems

The Tennessee Teacher Evaluation System

First Implemented:

Planned for 2011-12 (but built on statewide value-added system that dates back to 1992)

Subjects and grades tested by state accountability test:

Math, reading, science, and social studies in grades 3-8 (with math, reading, and science testing being optional in grades K-2).

Subjects and grades tested by other standardized tests:

End-of-course exams given in Algebra I, Biology I, English I and II, and U.S. History.

Evaluation measures for teachers in tested subjects and grades:

  • 50% principal observation
  • 35% individual teacher value-added scores
  • 15% student performance on other tests yet to be developed

Evaluation measures for teachers in nontested subjects or grades

The value-added component may be based on schoolwide academic growth, but this is still being decided.

Source: Steele, J, Hamilton, L & Stecher, B (2010). Incorporating performance measures into teacher evaluation systems

Washington, DC IMPACT

First Implemented:

2009-10

Subjects and grades tested by state accountability test:

  • Math and reading in grades 3-8
  • Science in grades 5 and 8
  • Biology I

Evaluation measures for teachers in tested subjects and grades:

  • 35% administrator or master educator observations
  • 50% individual teacher value-added scores
  • 5% schoolwide value-added
  • Attendance and punctuality can also be considered

Evaluation measures for teachers in nontested subjects or grades

  • 75% administrator or master educator observations
  • 10% student growth on a teacher-chosen measure
  • 10% commitment to the school community
  • Attendance and punctuality can also be considered
Source: Steele, J, Hamilton, L & Stecher, B (2010). Incorporating performance measures into teacher evaluation systems

The Delaware Performance Appraisal System II

First Implemented:

2007 (but including student performance data has not been used yet)

Subjects and grades tested by state accountability test:

  • Math and reading in grades 2-10
  • Science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8, 11
  • Writing in grades 3-11

Evaluation measures for teachers in tested subjects and grades:

  • Equal weight assigned to:
    • Planning and preparation
    • Classroom environment
    • Instruction
    • Professional responsibilities
    • Student improvement
      • How to include measures of student performance is still being considered.

Evaluation measures for teachers in nontested subjects or grades

Same, for now, as teachers in tested subjects and grades, though this could change as student performance measures are incorporated.

Source: Steele, J, Hamilton, L & Stecher, B (2010). Incorporating performance measures into teacher evaluation systems

The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP)

First Implemented:

2000-2001

Subjects and grades tested by state accountability test:

Any subject and grade

Evaluation measures for teachers in tested subjects and grades:

  • 50% classroom evaluations
  • 30% individual teacher value-added
  • 20% schoolwide value-added

Evaluation measures for teachers in nontested subjects or grades

  • 50% classroom evaluations
  • 50% schoolwide value-added
Source: Jerald and Van Hook (2011). More than Measurement: The TAP system’s lessons learned for designing better teacher evaluation systems.

This report was written by Jim Hull, Center for Public Education Senior Policy Analyst.

Posted: March 31, 2011

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