Educator Evaluation Overview

Over the past decade, Ohio has made important education policy advances, with a focus on student learning and achievement, standards and accountability, which together have moved Ohio’s kindergarten through 12th grade system forward in several important ways. Ohio is serious about its commitment to quality schools.

The report of the Governor’s Commission on Teaching Success was followed by the passage of Senate Bill 2 in 2004, which mandated the creation of the Educator Standards Board. The Board was charged with the creation of the following:

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 (OTES) was created in response to this mandate and designed to be used to assess the performance of Ohio teachers.

The OTES was collaboratively developed by Ohio teachers, school administrators, higher education faculty, and representatives from Ohio’s professional associations, in collaboration with national experts in the area of teacher evaluation. The OTES is designed to be research-based, transparent, fair and adaptable to the specific contexts of Ohio’s districts (rural, urban, suburban, large, and small). The evaluation system builds on what we know about the importance of ongoing assessment and feedback as a powerful vehicle to support improved practice.

Ohio's new system for evaluating teachers will provide educators with a richer and more detailed view of their performance, with a focus on specific strengths and opportunities for improvement. The new system relies on two key evaluation components, each weighted at 50 percent: a rating of teacher performance (based on classroom observations and other factors), and a rating of student academic growth.

The challenge for measuring student growth is that there is not a single student assessment that can be used for all teachers. Local education agencies (LEAs) must use Value-Added data from the state Ohio Achievement Assessments when available. If those are not applicable for a given subject or grade, LEAs can choose to use other assessments provided by national testing vendors and approved for use in Ohio. For subjects without state assessments or approved Vendor assessments – such as art or music – LEAs should establish a process to create Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) to measure student progress.

Last Modified: 5/28/2013 10:57:44 AM