The District Evaluation Advisory Committee, or DEAC, required by AchieveNJ through at least SY16-17, has great potential for supporting districts in effectively implementing AchieveNJ. This was clearly recognized by New Jersey's evaluation pilot districts and is widely documented in the Final Evaluation Pilot Advisory Committee (EPAC) Report. Recommendations and suggestions for effective DEACs are offered from pilot districts in this two-page excerpt from the full report.
Some recommended functions of the DEAC include:
- Coordinate efforts to plan and implement educator evaluation;
- Maintain open lines of communication and provide a consistent message about evaluation throughout the district;
- Provide an integrated vision connecting multiple initiatives that districts are implementing; and
- Provide a coherent professional development plan for the district based on evaluation data.
The committee must include:
- the superintendent
- a special education administrator
- a parent
- a member of the district board of education
- one or more central office administrators overseeing the teacher evaluation process
- one or more administrators conducting evaluations
- representatives of teachers from each school level in the district
Districts should consider expanding this minimum requirement to include more teachers and other educators whose engagement in the initiative is important to its success, e.g. teacher leaders, association representatives, other teaching staff members, such as school counselors, etc.
The superintendent is responsible for the formation and operation of the DEAC. The superintendent must decide how to use the advice provided by this committee and which DEAC decisions should be adopted by the district. The superintendent should clearly communicate the DEAC role in providing feedback.
On a regular basis, the Department, in consultation with the AchieveNJ Advisory Committee, will provide possible agenda items for districts to consider using for their DEACs. The Department welcomes feedback from districts regarding the usefulness of this item and suggestions to improve it.
Below is a summary of possible agenda items that might be used by DEACs in December or January. Districts should use these resources as guidance and select only those items that make sense for them. A complete sample agenda with guiding questions for the items below and resource links is available here (PDF | Word).
Possible Agenda Items for December/January DEAC Meetings
1) Review the role of the DEAC
Reflect on structure, decision making process, and communication strategies of the DEAC.
2) Reflect on the SGO-setting process
Discuss strengths and areas for improvement in the districts' efforts in setting SGOs. Identify improvements to the process for next year.
3) Assess SGO Quality
Discuss approaches to monitoring quality of SGOs. Consider use of SGO Quality Rating Rubric.
4) Analyze Observation Process and Patterns
Discuss process of observations, emerging patterns of teacher practice, and identify themes for possible PD work.
5) Discuss FAQs
Update district website FAQ with answers to this month's questions from staff.