Teacher Evaluation System

 

Willingboro Public Schools

Teacher Evaluation System

 
 
AchieveNJ: Teach. Lead. Grow.
Improving Educator Evaluation in the State of New Jersey
 

The Evaluation Update Memo distributed on May 28 contained information about the 
upcoming August reporting requirements for all districts. Within the list of items districts will 
be asked to report, the memo incorrectly described minimum requirements for Student 
Growth Objectives (SGOs). As specified in our AchieveNJ materials, districts must ensure 
that SGOs are set for all teachers by November 15, 2013, including 2 SGOs for all 
teachers not likely to receive an SGP score, and a choice between 1 and 2 for teachers 
who expect to receive an SGP. The correction has been updated in the posted version of 
the memo.  We apologize for any confusion. 
The effort to improve educator evaluation in New Jersey has been a top priority since the 
Educator Effectiveness Task Force (EETF) was convened in 2010 and released its 
recommendations in 2011.  Woven into the fabric of this initiative is the need to strike a 
balance between two important drivers: a sense of urgency to make changes that will 
benefit students and educators, and a strong desire to proceed thoughtfully and to 
incorporate feedback from New Jersey educators along the way. 
Based on the timeline established in the TEACHNJ law, AchieveNJ is being implemented 
statewide in the 2013–14 school year. The system builds on the findings of the EETF as 
well as local innovation and lessons learned from pilot programs under way since 2011.
Feedback from the pilots and the state Evaluation Pilot Advisory Committee helped shape 
the draft regulations the Department proposed on March 6, 2013.

TEACHER EVALUATION PAGE
 
Teacher Evaluation and Support in 2013–14

In schools, teachers have the greatest influence on student learning. All New Jersey 
students deserve great teachers, and 
all New Jersey teachers deserve meaningful opportunities for growth. In 2012, the New 
Jersey Legislature unanimously 
passed the TEACHNJ Act, which mandates implementation of a new teacher evaluation 
system starting in the 2013 - 
2014 school year and links tenure decisions to evaluation ratings. AchieveNJ is designed 
to recognize those who excel, 
identify those who need additional support, and provide meaningful feedback and 
professional development to all 
teachers.

STUDENT GROWTH OBJECTIVES

Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) are academic goals for groups of students that are 
aligned to state standards and can 
be tracked using objective measures. As part of the student achievement component of 
evaluation under AchieveNJ, each 
teacher sets SGOs with input and approval from his or her principal or supervisor at the 
start of the year. Specifically, 
teachers and principals/supervisors are expected to collaborate around the instructional 
content that will be covered and 
the skills and knowledge that will be measured. Principals are held accountable in their 
own evaluations for how well they 
help teachers with this process and for the degree to which SGOs are met by the teachers 
in their school. SGOs should be 
developed using available student data and created to be ambitious but achievable. 

STUDENT GROWTH OBJECTIVES RESOURCES
 
See the following links for resources and examples on how to set Student Growth 
Objectives (Please note: The NJDOE does not endorse any specific model below, but is 
providing links as a resource for educators to begin to learn from other similar systems as 
we continue to build our own resources. Also, note that these systems are called by other 
names in many states and districts):

STUDENT GROWTH OVERVIEW PRESENTATION


STUDENT GROWTH PERCENTILE

Under AchieveNJ, the new evaluation and support system proposed on March 6, 2013, 
Student Growth Percentiles 
(SGPs) will be one of the multiple measures used to assess teachers and principals whose 
students are in grades 4–
8 and take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge “NJ ASK” test. An SGP 
score compares a student’s 
academic growth on the NJ ASK from one year to the next to the growth made by that 
student’s academic peers 
(students from around the state with similar test score histories). 

STUDENT GROWTH PERCENTILE PRESENTATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW EVEALUATION SYSTEM

TEACHER EVALUATION WORKSHOP AND EVENTS
 
DANIELSON FRAMEWORK 2011
Danielson Framework for Teaching Revised 2011 Edition (the addition of indicators and 
examples): Click Here 
 
TEACHSCAPE WEBINARS
 Official NJ Website:
 
 Teachscape Learn Courses and Content: click here
 
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ARCHIVED INFORMATION 
 
Introduction

As part of the federal requirements for states’ receiving funding under Phase 2 of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds Program, all school districts in New Jersey are providing information to the public on the procedures they use to evaluate teachers and principals.  The information presented below will help you understand Willingboro’s policies and procedures for evaluating teachers and educational specialists such as librarians and counselors.

 

Confidentiality concerns: To protect the confidentiality of individual evaluations, districts are not required to provide a district-level statistical summary of teacher evaluation outcomes in those cases where there are fewer than 10 teachers in an entire district.  Similarly, districts are not required to provide a school-level statistical summary of teacher evaluation outcomes if there are fewer than 10 teachers in a school.

 

Section 1.  Description of Teacher Evaluation System

The Willingboro Board of Education believes that the purpose of evaluation includes improvement of student learning and growth, staff development for improvement of instruction, and for use in personnel decisions concerning reemployment, assignment and salary.  The Board of Education believes an effective evaluation program will include the role of the professional staff member in instructional activities, non-instructional duties, and other responsibilities that contribute to an atmosphere conducive to educational growth and development.

 

The evaluation process is occurs throughout the year and aligns with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers.  Information is derived from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to formal and informal observation of planning, instructional management, classroom management, and class climate, participation in professional development activities, meetings, and committees, assessment data, conferences with supervisory staff and collaboration with members of the school community.  Teachers are part of the planning process for their own professional growth including their Professional Development Plan (PDP) and professional development activities both in and out of district.

 

In accordance with NJAC 6A:32-4, tenured and non-tenured teachers are formally evaluated by appropriately certificated district administrators.  They are evaluated in every subject area they are assigned to in the first three years of employment.  Non-tenured teachers are scheduled for a minimum of three annual formal classroom observations and tenured teachers are scheduled for a minimum of one annual formal classroom observation, with flexibility for additional observations as needed.   This information is used in conjunction with other sources to prepare the annual performance summary report. 

 

Non-tenured teachers are provided with additional supports specifically designed to orient novice or new employees to the district’s goals, objectives and instructional model.  All non-tenured teaching staff members are discussed administratively on an annual basis prior to reemployment.  Those who are not showing appropriate progress are not re-employed beyond their second year of employment.

 
 
Teacher Evaluation Results for School Year 2009-2010 

 

 
Garfield East Elementary

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
32
32
100%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
0
0
0
#1 - Unsatisfactory
0
0
0

 

 

Hawthorne Elementary

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
36
37
97%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
0
0
0
#1 - Unsatisfactory
1
0
3%

 

 

J.C. Stuart Elementary

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
39
40
97.5%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
1
0
2.5%
#1 - Unsatisfactory
0
0
0

 

 

Levitt Middle School

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
66
70
94%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
4
0
6%
#1 - Unsatisfactory
0
0
0

 

 

W.R. James Elementary

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
32
35
91.43%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
3
0
8.57%
#1 - Unsatisfactory
0
0
0

 

Twin Hills Elementary

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
28
28
100%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
0
0
0
#1 - Unsatisfactory
0
0
0

 

Willingboro High School

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
Total Number of Teachers in School
Percent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level
70
70
100%
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
0
0
0
#1 - Unsatisfactory
0
0
0

 

Memorial Upper Elementary School

 

RATING CATEGORY
Number of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating
#3 - At Expected Level

48

51

98%

#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded

1

0

1%

#1 - Unsatisfactory

2

0

1%