Effective teacher evaluation practices

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality analyzes six school systems that successfully strengthened their teacher evaluation systems in a way that improves teacher performance. The six systems — Dallas Independent School District, District of Columbia Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, Newark Public Schools, New Mexico, and Tennessee — differ somewhat in the details of their approach and the nature of their successes, but their teacher evaluation systems share certain features that the NCTQ considers strong practices:

  • Multiple measures
  • Student surveys (5 of 6 systems)
  • Objective measures of student growth
  • At least three rating categories
  • Annual evaluations and observations for all teachers
  • Professional development tied to evaluation
  • Written feedback after each observation (5 of 6 systems)

Source: Putman, H., Ross, E., & Walsh, K. (2018). Making a difference: Six places where teacher evaluation systems are getting resultsWashington, DC: National Council on Teacher Quality.

TERESA PRESTON (tpreston@pdkintl.org) is managing editor, content, of Phi Delta Kappan.

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