Editor's Note: We previously discussed the new educator evaluation system (read the post here). Since our last post, we've received a number of questions from members, four are highlighted below.
DESE created model evaluations of educators, principals and superintendents using new evaluation model and are field testing the new process in districts around the state.
is the process for this year? How does that affect me?
For this school year, districts can choose to participate in the DESE-created model evaluation pilot project. Participation in the pilot program is a local school district decision.
DESE knows there will be areas in all three evaluations (superintendent, principal and educator) where adjustments are needed and they will rely on the participating school districts and a focus group to provide specific direction for making changes.
The pilot evaluations are not to be used for “high stakes” evaluation purposes. In other words, the pilot project is not to be used for hiring and firing personnel. The local school board must approve the evaluation tool the district uses.
does trial phase mean to me?
This trial phase is a two year period for educators to give meaningful feedback about the new evaluation system. DESE will use the feedback from educators to make changes and improvements to the evaluation process. The ultimate outcome is to create a better tool for all Missouri educators.
can I give my input?
We encourage you to attend a meeting in your area about the new educator evaluation system. The meetings, led by DESE, will review the new system and the current methods of evaluations. For a complete list of locations and dates, click here.
is MSTA doing?
MSTA is still learning about the system and the effect that it will have on our members. We have staff members attending meetings with DESE and other stakeholders regularly. We will continue to keep you posted on this important issue and urge you to communicate with MSTA staff with your questions and concerns.