Monday, September 19, 2016

Hours Saved on Evaluations

We made major progress on our bargaining goal to reduce unnecessary paperwork, meetings, and technological impediments so we can focus on instruction. Here’s what we achieved regarding our Danielson evaluation process. It’s in Addendum B-4: Classroom Teacher Evaluation of our new contract (not yet printed). Excerpts are below. The complete Addendum B-4 is available here

You don’t have to prove you are proficient. “The evaluation process presumes that teachers are proficient and evaluators are objective unless evidence suggests otherwise.” (Section 1) 

Evaluators cannot expect or require you to create any evidence you don’t already use in your teaching (except for documenting student growth) unless there is not enough evidence to achieve a proficient rating. “Except for student growth goals and student growth documentation, employees shall not be expected or required to submit any written documents (including responses to prompts, reflections, notes, self-assessments, or other documents) not otherwise used in the course of their typical instruction, unless there is insufficient evidence to achieve a proficient rating. Employees may utilize written prompts or personal notes if they wish, but these optional documents may not be required by their evaluator.” (Section 3.D.4) Note: Even if not formally required, it violates our contract if your evaluator expects you to submit this stuff.
Goal setting conferences: They are NOT about your growth. You cannot be required or expected to complete any prompts or other documents for it. 
  • Focused goal setting conferences are to establish a student growth goals and the teacher’s focus criterion. (Section 6: Goal Setting Conference). Note: You can choose an area of strength for your criterion; your focused rating will be the rating you received on your most recent comprehensive evaluation.
  • Comprehensive goal setting conferences are simply to establish student growth goals. (Section 5: Goal Setting Conference)

Student growth data does NOT have to be test scores or other numerical evidence. It is evidence between any two points in time. It does not need to be for the year or semester. A unit can also be used. (Section 7.B)

You don’t have to use the online eVal system, except to view observations and year end reports. “The use of the District’s online evaluation tool by teachers is optional beyond the establishment of an account, viewing of observation reports, and viewing year-end summary reports.” (Section 3.D.1)

Observations are reduced because they don’t have to be in the classroom. “Evidence of a teacher’s performance may be collected in a non-classroom setting where the teacher is leading or actively participating as a member of the team. These non-classroom activities may include but are not limited to: IEP meetings; leadership team meetings; PLC meetings; staff meetings; SIP visit; school assembly; parent-teacher conference; back to school night/curriculum night/open house;…” (Section 3.D.3)

Your Focused rating is the rating from your most recent Comprehensive evaluation, but it can go up from Proficient to Distinguished. (Section 6: Annual Written Evaluation)

Pre-Observation Conferences are reduced:
  • Comprehensive pre-observation conferences for continuing teachers (except those on probation) are only for their first observation, unless you want and request it for the second observation. (Section 5: Observations)
  • Focused pre-observation conferences may be waived by mutual agreement between the administration and the teacher. (Section 6: Observations)

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