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Teacher Evaluation

General Overviews

Evaluation Components

Additional Resources

Principal & VP/AP Evaluation

General Overviews

Evaluation Components

Staff Evaluation (Directors, Supervisors, Education Specialists, Etc. . . .)

General Overviews

Frameworks in Use by Various Groups
Over the past year, the Department has worked with teams of accomplished professionals from several groups representing educators in specialized roles. This collaboration has resulted in the creation of role-specific evaluation instruments that districts may choose to adopt. While the Department does not require the use of these instruments, we support the educator groups in their efforts to promote the use of tools that address the specific job responsibilities of their members. As the Department continues to develop guidance for staff members in specialized roles, we will continue to learn from these groups and their partner districts during their first year of utilizing these evaluation instruments, which are listed below:

Additional Resources

Student Growth Objectives (SGOs)

2014-15 New/Revised Forms and Documents
Overview, Training, and SGO Development

  • SGO Overview (PDF): A 2-page overview of the role of SGOs in AchieveNJ.
  • SGO 2.0 Presentation (PPT | PDF): Designed by and for use by educators to help improve SGO quality.  Supplemental resources can be found below.
  • SGO Guidebook (PDF | Word): Revised for 2014-15.  Includes information about high quality assessments and target setting to improve SGO quality.
  • SGO Quick Start Guide (PDF): A 2-page guide outlining the SGO process. 
  • 2014-15 SGO Form (PDF | Word): Revised to condense "simple" and "tiered" SGO forms.  Includes sections to help teachers identify and record information for student starting points, record mid-year adjustments to SGOs, and reflect on SGO process in annual conferences.
  • SGO Guidance for Health and Physical Education Teachers (PDF): 
  • Document provided by Office of Academic Standards outlining key points and FAQs for SGO creation. For more information about Health and Physical Education, please visit the Department's dedicated webpage.

SGO 2.0 Presentation Resources

  • Presentation (PPT | PDF)
  • Complete Resource Packet (PDF)
  • Assessment Design Note Taking Handout (Word | PDF)
  • Activity - Determine Relative Importance of Standards (Word | PDF)
  • Activity - Next Steps for Districts (Word | PDF)
  • Assessment Items for Validity and Rigor Discussion (Word | PDF)
  • DOK Wheel and DOK/Rigor Chart and Checklist (Word | PDF)
  • Graphic - Student-centered, Teacher-driven, Administrator-supported (PDF
  • Graphic - Business as Usual for Effective Educators (PDF)
  • Graphic - Starting Points Determined Using Multiple High Quality Sources (PDF)
  • Rules of Assessment Item Design (Word | PDF)
  • Sample Rubric for Important Markers of Future Success (Word | PDF)

High Quality Assessments

  • Assessment Blueprint and Completion Guide (PDF | Word): A tool to help teachers plan, develop, and check high-quality assessments.  More information about using this resource can be found in the SGO 2.0 presentation.
  • Administering and Scoring SGO Assessments (Word | PDF): Table including a series of optional steps districts and schools can take to increase the quality of SGO assessing and scoring.
  • SGO Approval Inventory and Scoring Chart (Excel):  Adaptable Excel spreadsheet that can be used by evaluators as a database to track SGO development, approval, conferences and scores for teachers.

SGO Quality Assurance

  • SGO Quality Rating Rubric (PDF | Word): Updated for 2014-15 with more specific information on assessment quality and using multiple measures of student starting points.
  • Assessing and Adjusting SGOs (Word | PDF): Document describing the value of assessing submitted SGOs for quality and making adjustments as needed before the February 15th deadline. Includes a suggested method for inspecting SGO quality.
  • Evaluating SGO Quality Presentation (PPT | PDF)Presentation that can be used to assist a team that is assessing SGO quality. Describes the components of a high quality SGO with SGO samples of varying quality.

Support and Scoring

  • Mid-course Check In (PDF | Word): Form to guide SGO discussions between teachers and supervisors.
  • SGO Scoring Checkpoints and Considerations (Word | PDF): Annotated guide with examples and resources for developing SGO scoring policies and completing the SGO process with teachers.
  • SGO Scoring Checklist (Word | PDF): Simple list that administrators may use prior to or during annual conference to ensure important aspects of SGO scoring are completed.

2013-14 Forms
In large part SGO forms provided in 2013-14 have been condensed into revised documents such as the Assessment Blueprint and the 2014-15 SGO Form (see above).  However, districts are welcome to continue to use older versions as needed and may access them below.

  • SGO Form 1.1 Pre-approval for School-based Assessments (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 1.2 Standards Alignment and Coverage Check (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 1.3 Assessment Rigor Analysis and Depth of Knowledge (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 1.4 Approval Checklist for School-based Assessments (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 1.5 Planning Guide for Choosing or Developing a Quality Assessment 
    (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 2.1 Identify and Approve Starting Points (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 3.1 Student Growth Objective Form (Simple) (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 3.2 Student Growth Objective Form (Tiered) (PDF | Word)
  • SGO Form 3.3 Student Growth Objective Form (Tiered, Weighted Average) 
    (PDF | Word)

Additional Resources and Links

Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs)

General Overview

Training & Implementation Materials


  • SGP Technical Description: This August 2011 white paper from the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessments (NCIEA) provides a 6-page overview of SGPs, including a detailed explanation of the statistical methodology used to calculate SGPs.

Additional Resources

Evaluation Scoring and Conferences
Committees (DEAC, ScIP, ANJAC)
Recent Reports
Broadcast Memos

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Resource Archive

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Archived Resources

Archived Reports

Archived News Releases

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