General FAQs About Teacher Evaluation

Revisions to Teacher Evaluation System are in progress

The 2015-2016 state budget bill included revisions to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System that are effective in September 2015. The department has posted answers to frequently asked questions specifically about these change and will be making adjustments to the current evaluation Web pages .

Teacher Performance on the Standards

Evaluators


Teacher Performance on the Standards

    What are the required forms?

    There are no required forms. LEAs are required to align to the state framework, the performance rubric, and collect evidence to support the ratings.

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    Why are certain things included in the rubric? How was it determined what would go into this rubric?

    The scope of work of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation Writing Team during 2009‐2010 included extensive study of model evaluation systems throughout the country. Many state systems were examined in depth (e.g., District of Columbia Public Schools, Delaware, New Mexico, Colorado) for a standards‐based definition of teacher effectiveness. Research was supplemented by the work of Charlotte Danielson, Laura Goe, New Teacher Center, and Learning Point Associates. The writing team used the Ohio Standards for the Teaching profession as the foundation for determining areas to be included in the rubric. From this work, the rubric was developed. A review was then conducted by national experts. Input received during field testing and piloting further refined the rubric.

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    If a district does not use OTES and wants to use its own evaluation system, what steps do they have to take to be able to use their own evaluation system?

    All evaluators in Ohio, regardless of the evaluation system they use, will have to complete state sponsored training and pass an online assessment. Their performance rubric will need to be aligned with the OTES rubric. The LEA must complete the alignment tool found in the eTPES as well as report their ratings in the electronic system.

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    Why does the rubric say “and/or” if all areas must be met? Do all indicators on the rubric have to be evaluated?

    All indicators on the rubric do not have to have evidence associated with them. However, it is important that the evaluator have enough evidence to make a determination of the rating for that teacher.

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    How will the rubrics be used to focus professional development for teachers and administrators?

    At the beginning of the school year, the educator will complete a professional growth plan or have an improvement plan completed. In these plans, there should be areas determined for professional development. A self‐assessment using the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession may be completed by the teacher prior to developing the professional growth plan to provide a complete picture of his/her teaching practice.

    Each educator should engage in a post‐conference. During that conference, the evaluator should offer area(s) of reinforcement and area(s) of refinement. These areas of refinement will guide improvement and professional development.

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    Are the pre‐conferences and post‐conferences required?

    No, they are considered best practice. Growth comes from the conversations about practice between observer and teacher.

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    Do both formal observations have to be scheduled/ announced?

    This is a district decision.

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    Does the evaluator have to script during the observation?

    Scripting is a tool used by the evaluator to capture evidence. This evidence is needed and important to use when assigning a rating to the observation. As the evaluator becomes more familiar with the evaluation system, the evaluator will likely develop his/her own methods for collecting evidence during the observation. However, scripting is not required.

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Evaluators

    A teacher with a final summative rating of accomplished may choose his or her own evaluator. Does the evaluator have to be within the building or district? Must the evaluator agree if asked? What happens if they all choose the same person? One person may not be able to get it done.

    The LEA will determine the list of evaluators the teacher may choose and the procedures for selecting the evaluator.

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    How frequently do evaluators need to pass a test in order to evaluate teachers?

    Evaluators re-calibrate two years from the date of successful passage of the OTES assessment.  Evaluators can find the expiration date on the current certificate of achievement issued through the Ohio portal at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching at https://www.nietbestpractices.org/ohio  The certificate with expiration date can be viewed or reprinted at any time.

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    What is a 3rd party evaluator?

    ORC 3319.111 states that an evaluator may be a person who is employed by an entity contracted by the board to conduct evaluations and who holds a license designated for being a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, vocational director, administrative specialist or supervisor in any educational area issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code or is qualified to conduct evaluations. The words “3rd party evaluator” no longer appears in legislative language.

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    Can there be more than one evaluator for the teacher?

    ORC 3319.111 states that each evaluation conducted pursuant to this section shall be conducted by one or more of the following persons who hold a credential established by the department of education being an evaluator. The language says one or more so, yes, there can be more than one evaluator for a teacher.

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    Why do administrators have to take this training? Principals and other administrators already have earned degrees and have coursework in supervision, isn’t that enough?

    This training does not replace graduate coursework. The purpose of the training is to provide consistency across the state and to make sure that expectations for ratings are clear. This training is required so that common understanding across evaluation systems occurs.

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Last Modified: 9/16/2016 2:20:15 PM