Teacher & Principal Evaluation

Teacher Evaluation OTES 2.0

This page supports the Ohio's teacher evaluation system (OTES 2.0) for the Jefferson Area Local School District.

TO ENSURE STUDENT ACADEMIC GROWTH DATA IS NOT USED TO MEASURE STUDENT LEARNING ATTRIBUTABLE TO A TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL. EVALUATORS WILL NOT INCLUDE THE “EVIDENCE OF STUDENT LEARNING” COMPONENT ON THE  TEACHER PERFORMANCE EVALUATION RUBRIC FOR OTES 2.0.

3220 - STANDARDS-BASED TEACHER EVALUATION Board Policy Click here or download at the bottom of this page. 


Ohio Evaluation System (OHES)


The OTES process 2.0 will all be managed in the Ohio Evaluation System (OHES) which is replacing eTPES.

Click Here to Access: https://ohioes.com/login

The Ohio Evaluation System (OhioES) is an online educator evaluation system for use by Ohio districts and schools that are implementing OTES 2.0. Evaluators will collect and store growth and improvement plans, evidence and documented observations to determine educator performance based upon the defined rubric. The electronic system will follow the frameworks for educator evaluation as adopted by the State Board of Education, which include multiple measures of educator performance.


LOGIN INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS - Click Here


TEACHER TRAINING VIDEO - Click Here

COMPONENTS


Professional Growth Plans and Professional Improvement Plans

Based upon the results of the annual teacher evaluation, each teacher must develop either a professional growth plan or be placed on a professional improvement plan as follows:

A.   A teacher whose final holistic rating is "accomplished" on his/her most recent evaluation will develop a self-directed Professional Growth Plan annually

B.   A teacher whose final holistic rating is “skilled” will develop a professional growth plan collaboratively with his/her credentialed evaluator.

C.   A teacher whose final holistic rating is "developing" will develop a professional growth plan guided by his/her assigned credentialed evaluator, utilizing the components determined by the District.

D.   A teacher whose final holistic rating is "ineffective" will be placed on a professional improvement plan by their assigned evaluator, utilizing the components determined by the District.

E.   A teacher who is new to the profession or new to the District will develop a professional growth 

plan collaboratively with his/her credentialed evaluator.

F.    The District administration has discretion to place a teacher on an Improvement Plan when 

deficiencies are noted in the evaluation system by the teacher

Goals:

When writing a professional growth plan the number of goals that each teacher will be required to adopt is as follows:

·         Accomplished one goal

·         Skilled / Developing two goals

·         Ineffective two goals

Timeline:

Teachers will base their Growth Plan on the previous year’s evaluation and data. Growth plans will be developed and approved by September 30th. 

Alignment of PGP to District and Building Improvement Plans: Teachers along with their evaluator will identify items included in the Building / District improvement plan that align with the teacher’s PGP. 

CLICK HERE for JALSD DISTRICT / BUILDING IMPROVEMENT PLAN


PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLANS ARE CREATED IN OHES 

Educator / Teacher  Instructions for creating a Growth Plan in OHES - Click Here

Evaluator Instructions for Completing a Growth Plan After it has been submitted- Click Here


Both are also available to download at bottom of this page #2 & #3


Professional Growth Plan (Evaluator Guided)

Professional Growth Plans help teachers focus on areas of professional development that will enable them to improve their practice. Teachers are accountable for the implementation and completion of the plan and should use the plan as a starting point for the school year. The Professional Growth Plan and process includes feedback from the evaluator as well as the teacher’s self-assessment and high-quality student data while addressing the support needed to further the teacher’s continuous growth and development. The Professional Growth Plan is intended to be one academic year in duration and may support the goals of the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). This plan will align to the district and/or building improvement plan.

Professional development should be individualized to the needs of the teacher and students (based on available data) and specifically relate to the teacher’s areas for growth as identified in the teacher’s evaluation. The evaluator should recommend professional development opportunities and support the teacher by providing resources (e.g., time, financial). The Professional Growth Plan should be reflective of the evidence available and focus on specific areas identified in the observations and evaluation to determine that the teacher is making progress.

Teachers develop Professional Growth Plans annually to help them identify areas of professional development that will enable them to enhance their practice. Teachers are accountable for implementing and completing the plan and should use it as a starting point for the school year. 

NOTE: Professional Growth Plans cannot replace Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP), nor can Individual Professional Development Plans replace Professional Growth Plans. (Click Here IPDP vs PGP)

JALSD Professional Growth Plan Planning Document - Click Here


JALSD PGP Goal Planning Template - Click Here

HIGH QUALITY STUDENT DATA (HQSD)


“High-Quality Student Data” – means locally-determined data that provides evidence of student learning attributable to the teacher who is being evaluated. When applicable to the grade level or subject area taught, High-Quality Student Data (HQSD) shall include the value-added progress dimension and the teacher shall use at least one other measure of HQSD to demonstrate student learning. HQSD may also include data obtained from the list of Ohio Department of Education approved student assessments.

High-quality student data may not include student learning objectives (SLOs) or shared attribution measures.

Use of High-Quality Student Data

Each evaluation shall contain two (2) measures of high-quality student data (HQSD). When applicable to the grade level or subject area taught by the teacher being evaluated, HQSD shall include the value-added progress dimension as one (1) source of HQSD. The teacher will select student data that will be used in consultation with the evaluator and will provide evidence that demonstrates the teacher has used the data in accordance with this policy. The evaluator may use the data as evidence to determine a performance rating in any component of the evaluation where applicable.

When applicable to the grade level or subject area(s) taught by a teacher, high-quality student data will include the value-added progress dimension. High-quality student data will meet the following criteria:

In addition to value-added data, the superintendent or his designee may select high-quality data from among state-approved vendor assessments or other locally determined measures or instruments that meet the definition and criteria outlined above.

Annually, the Superintendent or his designee shall develop a list of  approved  high-quality student data unless using a vendor assessment from ODE approved list in collaboration with the district evaluation committee, with experts in the field of education, district administrators, and with the district’s Building Leadership teams (BLT).

When utilizing vendor assessments to construct HQSD and all affected staff shall be trained on utilization of the assessment program.

For the purpose of selecting high-quality student data, the Board defines the term “expert” to include members of the District’s administrative team, credentialed evaluators, and the district’s teachers and teacher teams.  They  will be responsible for approving HQSD instruments after they have been developed, or identified, reviewed and recommended by a grade level, content area, special education, Title I or Educational Specialist (art, music, health, PE, technology teacher, etc. or in the cases where a content area has only one teacher in the field, that specialist)

The District’s two elementary buildings will share their approved HQSD instruments for use in both buildings.

As a part of the HQSD identification and approval process it must be determined that the instrument produces data that can be used by teachers to: 

HQSD shall be used as evidence in any component of the teacher’s evaluation related to the following:

•   Knowledge of the students to whom the teacher provides instruction

•   The teacher’s use of differentiated instruction practices

•   Assessment of student learning

•   The use of assessment data

•   Professional responsibility and growth

Teachers must provide evidence to their evaluator which demonstrates that they have used high-quality student data. Evidence will be presented in either or both the preconference and post conference setting or any other process developed by the evaluator and teacher.

HQSD GUIDANCE TOOL- Click Here


Using HQSD to Inform and Enhance Practice - Click Here


Evaluation Process

Assessment of Teacher Performance

Teacher performance shall be based on the evidence provided by the teacher and formal observations and walkthroughs by the teacher’s assigned evaluator. 

Such performance will be used to determine the teacher's evaluation rating and will be assessed through a holistic process by trained and credentialed evaluators based upon the following Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession:

Each teacher evaluated under this policy may (not required) complete a "Self-Assessment" utilizing the Self-Assessment Summary Tool. If utilized the results are private and not required to be shared with the evaluator.

Formal Observation and Classroom Walkthrough Sequence

A.   A teacher not under consideration for renewal or nonrenewal who is subject to a full evaluation cycle shall be evaluated based on at least two (2) formal observations of at least thirty (30) minutes each and periodic classroom walkthroughs each school year.


The first formal observation will be a holistic observation where the evaluator assesses all areas of the rubric demonstrated during the observation as well as information gained from a pre-observation conference. Teachers and evaluators may mutually agree to accomplish this remotely through e-mail, video conference or sharing information in writing.

B.   The second and any subsequent formal observation(s) will be focused observations in which the evaluator emphasizes identified focus area(s). Identified focus areas will be selected after completion of the holistic observation and may include area(s) of relative strength and/or area(s) targeted for improvement.

Evaluators will collect evidence during the focused observation to assess the identified focus area(s). Evaluators will also document evidence to support the final evaluation rating.

Evaluation Intervals Based on Ratings:

A teacher who has been granted a continuing contract by the Board and who receives a rating of "Accomplished" on his/her most recent evaluation may be evaluated once every three (3) years.

·         The teacher will be required to submit a self-directed professional growth plan to the evaluator, and the evaluator will determine if the teacher is making progress on the plan.

·         The professional growth plan will focus on the most recent evaluation of the teacher.

·         The teacher will be provided with at least one (1) formal or informal observation and post-conference in any year that such teacher is not formally evaluated.

The Board may evaluate each teacher who has been granted a continuing contract by the Board and who received a rating of Skilled on the teacher's most recent evaluation once every two (2) years.


PERFORMANCE LEVEL DESCRIPTORS


Evaluations will be completed by April 1st and each teacher will be provided a written report of the results of his/her evaluation by April 15th. Written notice of nonrenewal will be provided by April 30th.


In evaluating teacher performance, the Board shall utilize the measures set forth by the Ohio Department of Education's OTES "Teacher Performance Evaluation Rubric" for instructional planning, instruction and assessment, and professionalism.  (Appendix A.) Click Here 


Click Here: Editable Teacher Performance Rubric 


Each teacher evaluated under this policy may (not required) complete a "Self-Assessment" utilizing the Self-Assessment Summary Tool. If utilized the results are private and not required to be shared with the evaluator.  -- Click Here


Formal Observation Procedure

A teacher may provide evidence to the credentialed evaluator to support and inform an accurate reflection of the Evaluation Factors being evaluated. 

A.   The first formal observation will be preceded by a conference between the evaluator and the employee prior to the observation for the employee to explain plans and objectives for the classroom situation to be observed. Teachers and evaluators may mutually agree to accomplish this remotely through e-mail, video conference or sharing information in writing.

B.   A post-observation conference shall be held after each formal observation. A teacher may provide evidence to the credentialed evaluator to support and inform an accurate reflection of the Evaluation Factors being evaluated. 

Examples include, but are not limited to: 

All evidence presented shall be included in the report and will be considered in the evaluator’s assessment of the teacher.

Informal Observation/Classroom Walkthrough Procedure

A walkthrough is an informal observation in which an evaluator may assess one or more areas in the Teacher Performance Evaluation Rubric.

​Evaluators may but are not limited to collecting evidence in any identified focus area(s). Walkthroughs may be announced or unannounced. The walkthrough should be of sufficient duration to allow the evaluator to assess the focus of the walkthrough.

No more than two walkthroughs shall be conducted in each evaluation cycle. If a teacher is rated ineffective no more than 4 walkthroughs shall be conducted in each evaluation cycle.

A walkthrough shall consist of at least ten (10) consecutive minutes, but not more than twenty (20) consecutive minutes in duration. The walkthrough should be of sufficient duration to allow the evaluator to assess the focus of the walkthrough.

Data gathered from a walkthrough will inform the final evaluation.

At the request of the teacher, a formal debriefing shall occur no later than two (2) workdays after the walkthrough to discuss observations of the evaluator

Feedback from a walkthrough that is being used to inform an evaluation shall be provided after the walkthrough. The teacher and/or administrator may request a face to face meeting to discuss observations relative to the identified focus of the walkthrough.