Implementing Teacher Evaluation

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Student Growth Objectives (SGOs)

Administrators involved in teacher evaluation must fully understand the nature and purpose of SGOs.  Only then can they effectively train teachers, monitor SGO development and quality, and provide accurate SGO ratings to teachers at the end of the year.   Providing support for high-quality SGOs is not only beneficial for teachers; the evaluations of principals, assistant principals, and vice principals are closely linked to the effective implementation of SGOs and resulting success of their teachers.  The following is a list of steps and resources that administrators can use to help facilitate SGO implementation.

Step 1 - Learn about SGOs
a) Review data provided by ScIP and/or DEAC on prior year's SGOs.
b) Attend available NJDOE workshops on SGOs.
c) Read most current SGO guidance:

Step 2 – Introduce Teachers to SGO Development for Upcoming School Year 
Provide overviews of SGOs for the year in faculty meetings and other large group meetings, possibly using:

  • A district-developed overview presentation reviewing SGO challenges and successes
  • SGO 2.0 Presentation (PPT | PDF)
  • District-specific goals, timeline, and training for SGOs

Step 3 – Provide Time and Resources for Teachers to Develop High-Quality SGOs
During time set aside for PD, PLC and team meetings, encourage teachers to use:

  • Resources in the SGO guidebook
  • SGO Exemplars:  Examples of SGOs that can be used as learning tools during SGO development

Step 4 – Evaluate SGO Quality, Approve, and Monitor Progress
Before the SGO submission deadline, review SGO quality using the following tools and guidance:

During the SGO timeframe, check-in with teachers to discuss progress and provide support:

Step 5 – Adjust SGOs Where Necessary and Score
Revise SGOs when necessary by February 15 using the following suggested procedures and then score once teachers have collected SGO assessment information from their students:

  • One-page explanation of the SGO assessment and adjustment process
  • SGO Scoring Checkpoints and Considerations: Annotated guide with examples and resources for developing SGO scoring policies and completing the SGO process with teachers (Word | PDF)
  • SGO Scoring Checklist: Simple list that administrators may use prior to or during annual conference to ensure important aspects of SGO scoring are completed (Word | PDF)
  • Administering and Scoring SGO Assessments: Table including a series of optional steps districts and schools can take to increase the quality of SGO assessing and scoring (Word | PDF)
Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs)

SGPs, when integrated with other sources of information such as teacher practice scores, can help districts promote positive changes in teaching and learning. To maximize the chances of doing this well, administrators need to have a clear understanding of how SGPs are generated, how they are used in teacher evaluation, and how they can be shared effectively with staff.

Step 1 Refresh knowledge of SGPs
Refresh understanding of the rationale for SGPs and mSGPs by reviewing the following:

Step 2 Develop a deeper understanding of how to access and use SGPs
Learn the details of downloading and using SGP data with staff by reviewing:

Step 3 Develop a strategy for sharing mSGPs with staff

  • mSGP 2012-13 User Guide: Use pages 6-8 of this document to guide decisions about how to share SGP information with staff.
Annual Summary Conferences

All teachers must receive an annual summary conference during which all available evaluation data should be shared and discussed.

Resources for Annual Summary Conferences

  • Teacher Evaluation Scoring Guide: Presentation explaining the scoring process in detail.
  • Calculate Your Rating:A simulation tool to help educators understand summative scoring.
  • Annual Summary Conference Forms: One page forms that can be shared with teachers at the annual conference and help guide the conference discussion.
    • Form for teachers receiving mSGPs (Word | PDF)
    • Form for teachers not receiving mSGPs (Word | PDF)
School Improvement Panel (ScIP)

Each school is required to form a School Improvement Panel (ScIP) whose role is to ensure, oversee, and support the implementation of the district's evaluation, professional development (PD), and mentoring policies at the school level.

To access the ScIP webpage, click here.

Teacher, Educational Services Staff, and Other Specialists Evaluation Resources

Evaluation Overviews
Brief documents explaining evaluation procedures for the following types of educators:

Evaluation Practice Instruments
Practice instruments approved for use by the Department for these educational specialists:

Other Resources