Teacher Evaluation System
Willingboro Public SchoolsTeacher Evaluation SystemAchieveNJ: Teach. Lead. Grow.Improving Educator Evaluation in the State of New JerseyThe Evaluation Update Memo distributed on May 28 contained information about theupcoming August reporting requirements for all districts. Within the list of items districts willbe asked to report, the memo incorrectly described minimum requirements for StudentGrowth Objectives (SGOs). As specified in our AchieveNJ materials, districts must ensurethat SGOs are set for all teachers by November 15, 2013, including 2 SGOs for allteachers not likely to receive an SGP score, and a choice between 1 and 2 for teacherswho expect to receive an SGP. The correction has been updated in the posted version ofthe memo. We apologize for any confusion.The effort to improve educator evaluation in New Jersey has been a top priority since theEducator Effectiveness Task Force (EETF) was convened in 2010 and released itsrecommendations in 2011. Woven into the fabric of this initiative is the need to strike abalance between two important drivers: a sense of urgency to make changes that willbenefit students and educators, and a strong desire to proceed thoughtfully and toincorporate feedback from New Jersey educators along the way.Based on the timeline established in the TEACHNJ law, AchieveNJ is being implementedstatewide in the 2013–14 school year. The system builds on the findings of the EETF aswell 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 shapethe draft regulations the Department proposed on March 6, 2013.TEACHER EVALUATION PAGETeacher Evaluation and Support in 2013–14In schools, teachers have the greatest influence on student learning. All New Jerseystudents deserve great teachers, andall New Jersey teachers deserve meaningful opportunities for growth. In 2012, the NewJersey Legislature unanimouslypassed the TEACHNJ Act, which mandates implementation of a new teacher evaluationsystem starting in the 2013 -2014 school year and links tenure decisions to evaluation ratings. AchieveNJ is designedto recognize those who excel,identify those who need additional support, and provide meaningful feedback andprofessional development to allteachers.STUDENT GROWTH OBJECTIVESStudent Growth Objectives (SGOs) are academic goals for groups of students that arealigned to state standards and canbe tracked using objective measures. As part of the student achievement component ofevaluation under AchieveNJ, eachteacher sets SGOs with input and approval from his or her principal or supervisor at thestart of the year. Specifically,teachers and principals/supervisors are expected to collaborate around the instructionalcontent that will be covered andthe skills and knowledge that will be measured. Principals are held accountable in theirown evaluations for how well theyhelp teachers with this process and for the degree to which SGOs are met by the teachersin their school. SGOs should bedeveloped using available student data and created to be ambitious but achievable.STUDENT GROWTH OBJECTIVES RESOURCESSee the following links for resources and examples on how to set Student GrowthObjectives (Please note: The NJDOE does not endorse any specific model below, but isproviding links as a resource for educators to begin to learn from other similar systems aswe continue to build our own resources. Also, note that these systems are called by othernames in many states and districts):STUDENT GROWTH OVERVIEW PRESENTATIONSTUDENT GROWTH PERCENTILEUnder 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 whosestudents are in grades 4–8 and take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge “NJ ASK” test. An SGPscore compares a student’sacademic growth on the NJ ASK from one year to the next to the growth made by thatstudent’s academic peers(students from around the state with similar test score histories).STUDENT GROWTH PERCENTILE PRESENTATIONFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW EVEALUATION SYSTEMTEACHER EVALUATION WORKSHOP AND EVENTSDANIELSON FRAMEWORK 2011Danielson Framework for Teaching Revised 2011 Edition (the addition of indicators andexamples): Click HereTEACHSCAPE WEBINARSOfficial NJ Website:Teachscape Learn Courses and Content: click here______________________________________________________________________________ARCHIVED INFORMATIONIntroduction
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 2009-2010Garfield East ElementaryRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level3232100%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded000#1 - Unsatisfactory000
Hawthorne ElementaryRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level363797%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded000#1 - Unsatisfactory103%
J.C. Stuart ElementaryRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level394097.5%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded102.5%#1 - Unsatisfactory000
Levitt Middle SchoolRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level667094%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded406%#1 - Unsatisfactory000
W.R. James ElementaryRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level323591.43%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded308.57%#1 - Unsatisfactory000
Twin Hills ElementaryRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level2828100%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded000#1 - Unsatisfactory000
Willingboro High SchoolRATING CATEGORYNumber of Teachers in School Receiving This RatingTotal Number of Teachers in SchoolPercent of Teachers in School Receiving This Rating#3 - At Expected Level7070100%#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded000#1 - Unsatisfactory000
Memorial Upper Elementary SchoolRATING 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
#2 - Efforts Need to be Expanded
#1 - Unsatisfactory