Executive Summary

NTGS in Delaware

Overview

Policymakers in Delaware have been dedicated to a transparent and inclusive process from the beginning.  As a result, teachers involved in the effort have reported that participating has them collaborating with other teachers and given them ownership over the new evaluation program building support and morale.

Input from educators and others was collected by two outside technical assistance organizations – The Hope Street Group and Research in Action – in two separate phases.  During the first phase, educators from across Delaware convened via Hope Street Group’s web platform and worked on measures of student improvement for Delaware students in tested and non-tested grades and subjects (NTGS). During the second phase, educators convened in-person workgroup sessions that were facilitated by Research in Action.

The Delaware Department of Education released educators from their school duties so that the educators could devote time to this work.  The hiring of substitute teachers in another cost school districts need to consider while budgeting.

Who contributed to the effort?

Delaware involved more than 400 teachers from a wide range of subject areas and grade levels who broke into 35 content area groups to develop fair and comparable assessments across all subjects and grades.  In addition to teachers, participants from a wide range in and outside the education field contributed, including administrators from the state, district, and school levels, school board members, union representatives, community members, students, and parents. Read about the perspectives from policy makers, teachers, and other stakeholders throughout the engagement process here.

How are the groups developing assessments?

Delaware is creating assessments across all grades, subjects, and non-teaching occupations.  The goal of the work is to create "rigorous" and "comparable" assessments that measure student growth between two points in time (value added) across all grades and subjects. 

What subject areas are the educator teams tackling?

Working groups tackled assessment design either by subject or occupational role in the school, such as school nurses or social workers.

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • World Languages
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Agriculture
  • Business, Marketing, & Finance
  • Engineering & Technical Education
  • Driver's Education
  • Health Science
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy
  • Education Diagnostician
  • School Counselor
  • School Nurse
  • School Librarian

When do the groups work on the assessments?

Participants have met on a regular basis, every 4-6 weeks.  As of March 18, 2012, the educators have met in person for at least five sessions. 

How do the teams meet?

Team members met to share concerns and strategize either in person or through online space hosted by Hope Street Group. 

Status

Delaware is continuing to work hard to have the assessments ready for the 2012-2013 school year.

Links

DPAS II Component V (assessments) Update

Teacher's Guide to DPAS II

DPAS II Overview

The Federal Government and Teacher Evaluation

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