Technical Assistance and Best Practices
Track What Works
Local and state education leaders, in conjunction with teachers, administrators, union representatives, and parents, should be empowered to design innovative approaches with multiple-measures to evaluate educators and meet the needs of local schools. Federal policymakers should collect the best practices from successful efforts and make technical assistance and resources available to states and school districts to help them with the difficult undertaking of designing and implementing evaluation reform.
Federal policymakers should collect the best practices from successful efforts and make technical assistance and resources available to states and school districts to help them with the difficult undertaking of designing and implementing evaluation reform.
Among the areas that guidance could be useful to state and local policymakers, according to the research and interviews conducted by Hope Street Group:
- Providing comprehensive action plans to school districts or states for building a quality evaluation program with timelines from early planning stages to implementation with benchmarks along the way.
- Best practices for engaging and interacting with teachers and principals during the planning and implementation stages to receive their input, such as forming focus groups, advisory committees, holding forums, distributing educator surveys, and more.
- Methods for engaging and communicating the details of an evaluation program and its goals with educators, parents, and the community during planning stages and before implementation to avoid confusion and unease.
- Ways to ensure “buy-in” from stakeholders, especially teachers and principals, whose support is necessary to achieve success.
- How to effectively train evaluators to provide educators with constructive feedback and professional development plans to meet individual needs based on evaluation results.
- Examples of different types of research-based professional development models proven to improve educator effectiveness.
- In addition to tracking individual student growth, what types of multiple measures are useful to improve educator effectiveness.
- How to establish reliable data and student-growth tracking systems to ensure educators are evaluated accurately and fairly.
- Approaches to creating fair and reliable assessments in the NTSG with metrics comparable to tested subjects and grade levels.
- How to establish permanent communication channels with educators to continuously improve the evaluation system.
Please find the Playbook's best-practices information and advice in the Guidance for Policymakers section.
The U.S. Department of Education also provides resources and guidance on various topics in education on its What Works Clearinghouse.