State Board Policy on the Evaluation of State-Employed Teachers

Please note: The following is official policy from the Ohio State Board of Education.

The State Board of Education recognizes the importance of evaluating teachers for the purposes of rewarding excellence, improving the quality of instruction students receive, improving student learning, strengthening professional proficiency, including identifying and correcting deficiencies, and for informing employment decisions. To accomplish these goals, teachers employed by the Ohio State School for the Blind, the Ohio State School for the Deaf, and the Ohio Department of Youth Services (collectively referred to as “state agencies”) will be evaluated by a policy that conforms with this framework (Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3319.112 (E)).

Each State Agency’s policy shall become operative at the expiration of any collective bargaining agreement covering teachers employed by the agency that is in effect on September 24, 2012, and shall be included in any renewal or extension of such an agreement.

For purposes of this framework, the definition of a teacher is any person who is employed under a teacher license issued under RC Chapter 3319, or under a professional or permanent teacher’s certificate issued under former RC 3319.222, and who spends at least fifty percent of the time employed providing student instruction.  Policies adopted pursuant to this framework do not apply to substitute teachers or instructors of adult education. 

Each teacher will be evaluated according to Ohio Revised Code and the Evaluation Framework (see below) which is aligned with the Standards for the Teaching Profession adopted under state law.  Each teacher will also be evaluated using multiple measures of student growth. 

The evaluation factors are weighted as follows:


State Agencies shall include in their respective teacher evaluation policies the following components:


  1. State Agencies shall conduct an evaluation of each teacher employed by the agency at least once each school year, and the teacher shall receive a written report of the results of the evaluation.
  1. The timeline of the teacher evaluation will be determined by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  2. The evaluation of each teacher requires at least two formal observations by the evaluator of at least thirty minutes each and classroom walkthroughs.
  3. The State Agency may require at least three formal observations of each teacher who is under consideration for nonrenewal or with whom the State Agency has entered into probationary employment. 
  4. The State Agency may elect, by adoption of a resolution, to evaluate each teacher who received a rating of accomplished through one formal observation, of a teacher who received a rating of accomplished on the teacher’s most recent evaluation conducted, provided the teacher completes a project that has been approved by the State Agency to demonstrate the teacher’s continued growth and practice at the accomplished level.
  5. The teacher’s performance ratings will be assigned as follows: 

Accomplished (4);

Skilled (3);

Developing (2);

Ineffective (1);

  1. Each evaluation shall be conducted by one or more persons who are under contract with the respective State Agency; who holds a credential established by the Ohio Department of Education for being an evaluator; and when possible have experience working with the respective state agency’s student population.


  1. State Agencies shall provide procedures for using the evaluation results for retention and promotion decisions and for removal of poorly-performing teachers. Seniority shall not be the basis for teacher retention decisions, except when deciding between teachers who have comparable evaluations.


  1. These evaluations should provide for multiple evaluation factors, including student academic growth which shall account for fifty percent of each evaluation. 

(1) For teachers of grade levels and subjects for which the value-added progress dimension or alternative student academic progress measure is not applicable, the State Agency shall administer assessments approved by the Ohio Department of Education and/or Agency-approved student learning objectives (SLOs).  When using measures of student academic growth as a component of a teacher’s evaluation, those measures shall include the value-added progress dimension prescribed by RC 3302.021.  If a teacher’s schedule is comprised only of courses or subjects for which the value-added progress dimension is applicable, one of the following applies: (a) Until June 30, 2014, the majority of the student academic growth factor of the evaluation shall be based on the value-added progress dimension. (b) On or after July 1, 2014, the entire student academic growth factor of the evaluation shall be based on the value-added progress dimension.

(2) The State Agency will determine the specific assessment schedule based on student attendance and agency requirements.


  1. The teacher’s performance rating will be combined with the results of student growth measures to produce a summative evaluation rating as depicted in the matrix below.





  1. The State Agency will provide opportunities for professional development to accelerate and continue teacher growth and provide support to poorly performing teachers.


  1. The State Agency will also provide for the allocation of financial resources to support professional development.


  1. The State Agency shall report to the Ohio Department of Education the number of teachers for whom an evaluation was conducted and the number of teachers assigned each rating, aggregated by the teacher preparation programs from which and the years in which the teachers graduated.


Adopted May 14, 2013              LEGAL REFS. ORC 3319.112

ESB Approved on March 26, 2013

  SBOE amended September, 2013

Last Modified: 9/12/2013 11:53:27 AM