The state of Oregon has released its new teacher evaluation system which will come into place in the 2014-2015 school year. The ranking system will designate teachers into one of four categories, according to Betsy Hammond of The Oregonian:
- Does Not Meet Performance Standards
- Partially Meets Performance Standards
- Meets Performance Standards
- Exceeds Performance Standards
Our new system is unique in its thoroughness, and it combines three important components: professional practice (the work educators do each day), professional responsibility (the parts of our work that are about seeking continued growth, communication, and collaboration with colleagues), and a growth measure of student learning over time.
Teachers in most districts won’t be paid bonuses or fired based on their evaluation rating. But the performance ratings will factor into which teachers schools decide to retain, Saxton said.
The ratings will also be used to determine what kind of teacher training and how much professional freedom teachers get, he said. Teachers with top-tier professional practices and strong student achievement growth will get to decide those things for themselves.
She thinks Oregon has done “an amazing job” of designing a system that will help teachers get an accurate look at their performance in a way that will allow them to improve, not feel boxed in by a formula that tells them they are great or poor, but not why.
“Oregon’s approach allows educators the opportunity to view their practice,” she said. “Other states went with routes that did not.”