Council of Chief State School Officers Releases Guide for Teacher Evaluations

POLITICO Pro reports that Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a guide for states as they look to redesign or improve their teacher evaluation systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Throughout the guide, principals are mentioned a number of times, such as the following excerpt:

“Build the skills of leaders to effectively implement teacher support and evaluation. Principals and other leaders should have access to training and resources to assess practice, distinguish between various levels of performance, provide feedback, connect feedback to resources, and ensure follow-up. They should also be able to provide constructive feedback that directly addresses areas of weak performance and effectively position strong teachers to support their peers and impact more students. Further, leaders benefit from additional training in change management as part of a continuous improvement process.”

Under this new law, States will have a lot more flexibility to rethink their systems. Some states are expected to review how student growth determined by student test scores, is used.

CCSSO says teacher evaluation systems should include evidence of student learning and teacher observations. There is also a strong emphasis on how evaluation systems should have a positive impact on school culture.

Acting Education Secretary John B. King Jr. has recently said that teacher evaluations have often been a negative topic and teachers have felt left out of the process. He stated the new law presents an opportunity for a “reset”.

Read the full guide here