Your CTA JENC negotiations team has been bargaining with the school district on a biweekly basis for the past few months. Through our joint efforts, there are some major changes slated for the 2018-2019 school year, with regards to our Classroom Teacher Evaluation System.
The school district will send out a JENC Newsletter shortly. In the meantime, here are some bullet-points detailing key changes. All of which will lead to both a more fair and equitable evaluation system; as well as a system that truly promotes both teacher and student growth.
– The number of elements in the new “Marzano Focused Model” will be 22. The previous system had a large number of ancillary elements, that have been grouped and combined into 22 new elements. Essentially, the new elements are much more focused and directly related to key skills and examples of instructional practices that directly relate to, and foster student growth and learning gains.
– Currently, each component is weighted as follows: 57% Instructional Practice, 33% Student Growth, 10% Deliberate Practice[PGP]. Next year each component of teacher evaluations will be weighted as 33.33% (Instructional Practice/Student Growth/Deliberate Practice[PGP]). This change shifts the focus of evaluations from subjective “gotcha-moment” style observations, to your own professional growth and development.
– A major change will be in the Student Growth component of your evaluation. Next year it will be a combination of both the Palm Beach County School District overall score and your own individual student growth metric (depending on your grade level/subject area/etc.) In doing this, the district is ensuring that those educators who teach the more difficult populations to see growth in (Title 1, ESE, ESOL, etc.) are not being punished for working in those tough environments. For example…under the new system, if you receive a 3.0 in Student Growth and the District score is 4.0, your overall Student Growth score will move up to a 4.0. The combination of the individual and district student growth scores CAN ONLY IMPROVE your overall Student Growth scores, not reduce it.
– For Instructional Practice (classroom observations), only the highest rating for a given element will count. If you are observed multiple times on a particular element during the course of a school year and receive “innovative” in one observation, and “applying” during a separate observation…only the highest score for a given element counts.
– For Instructional Practice, there will no longer be thresholds that require a percentage of your data-marks to be Innovative in order to receive a 4.0 overall Instructional Practice score. The new scoring system for Instructional Practice is based on averaging your data-mark scores. For example, each Innovative data-mark is 4 points, Applying is 3, Developing is 2, Beginning is 1, and Not Using is 0. To calculate your Instructional Practice score, you will add up all point values for only your highest scored data-mark for each given element that has been observed and then divide it by the total number of elements observed. Your Instructional Practice average score will fall into one of the following ranges, indicating your overall Instructional Practice rating.
– To calculate your overall, final evaluation results for a given school year, you simply add up the scores of your 3 evaluation components (Instructional Practice, Student Growth, Deliberate Practice[PGP]) and divide by 3. This will yield a final overall score that falls into the following ranges, indicating your OVERALL FINAL EVALUATION RESULTS.
(The scale to determine both your Instructional Practice score and Overall Evaluation Results is the same.)