Executive Summary

Dr. Jesse Register

What worked well in the teacher evaluation reform process?

●      The First to the Top Legislation. For us, the legislation was certainly an impetus for us moving very quickly ahead with adopting the new teacher evaluation system.

●      Commitment to reform. From the former governor to the current governor, there has been statewide commitment to teacher evaluation reform. That commitment is one of the reasons why Tennessee was one of the first two state to get Race to the Top funding.

What hasn’t worked well?

I think teachers have been involved appropriately. The greatest concern in terms of lack of teacher involvement was that were very quickly introduced to the models. We could have spent more time on educating them on the model.
 

We could use more time for teachers to learn the teacher evaluation process. A lot of teachers were in dark about what process would look like

I can’t imagine being a kindergarten teacher and being evaluated on what happens in 4th or 5th grade.

I like the dynamics of having whole school evaluation, because it creates a culture of collaboration for school faculties. I think kindergarten teachers have a great deal to do with success in 4th grade test scores.

What are other big unanswered questions? Untested grades and subjects?

Yes, that’d be the big one. Another big issue is the timeliness of data. It is not acceptable to me to complete the evaluation process before having final data. There needs to be a great deal of attention put on received the final data before the end of the process. We shouldn’t accept that we can’t get data until next school year.

Do you think there are specific things that having teacher input would be helpful on?

I think teachers have been involved appropriately. The greatest concern in terms of lack of teacher involvement was that were very quickly introduced to the models. We could have spent more time on educating them on the model.

What would you would change if you could go back in time?

I would spend more time helping teachers understanding and introducing them to the process.

What are the next milestones that you’re looking at achieving?

A big issue for me is how do we incorporate that student achievement data at end of the year and how the first year of the process finishes up.  Let’s finish this year and see how the rest of process works.

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