Educator Evaluation Overview

Per SB 216, the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System will change beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Districts and schools, other than those participating in the voluntary pilot program, will continue to use the current OTES system for 2019-2020.

There will be no changes for the 2019-2020 evaluations.

Ohio teachers, school administrators, higher education faculty and representatives from Ohio’s professional associations developed the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System in collaboration with national experts in the area of teacher evaluation.

Ohio's system for evaluating teachers is research-based and designed to be transparent, fair and adaptable to the specific contexts of Ohio’s districts (rural, urban, suburban, large and small). The evaluation system builds on what educators know about the importance of ongoing assessment and feedback as a powerful vehicle to support improved practice.


A brief history of teacher evaluation in Ohio

House Bill 1 in 2009 directed the Educator Standards Board to recommend model evaluation systems for teachers and principals to the State Board of Education for their review and adoption. The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System was created in response to this mandate and designed to be used to assess the performance of Ohio teachers. 

Beginning in 2014-2015, Sub. House Bill 362 enabled districts to select a less frequent evaluation cycle for teachers rated accomplished or skilled for the previous school year. This bill also introduced the alternative framework, which was subsequently altered by Ohio House Bill 64 in 2015. 

In 2018 Senate Bill 216 directed revisions to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Specifically, the performance rubric has been revised and includes the utilization of High-Quality Student Data.


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