Evaluation of Certified Employees
The classroom teacher is the key element of successful instruction. Every teacher should be capable of improving his or her performance, and the administration is responsible for evaluating teachers in order to assist them in achieving a high quality of teaching.
A certified administrator will observe and evaluate each probationary certified employee for a full instructional period once each semester and each tenured certified employee for a full instructional period once each school year. The evaluation will include, but not be limited to evaluating the employee’s instructional performance, classroom organization and management, personal conduct, and professional conduct. The administrator will provide the employee with a written list of deficiencies, suggestions and a timeline for correcting the deficiencies and improving performance, and sufficient time to improve. The evaluation form will include notice that the employee may respond to the evaluation in writing.
The school district will train administrators in evaluation annually through meetings with the superintendent or other administrator, attendance at regional, state or national workshops, or any other method approved by the superintendent.
For the purposes of this policy, the terms "actual classroom observation" and "entire instructional period" are defined as follows:
Entire Instructional Period. For certified employees whose classes are held during defined periods of time (e.g., senior high classes), an entire instructional period consists of one such time period. For those whose time periods are not so defined (e.g., elementary classroom teachers), an entire instructional period consists of 40 minutes. The instructional period for those whose work does not necessarily involve continuous instruction for 40-minute periods (e.g., librarians or speech therapists) consists of no less than 40 minutes total during the semester. The entire instructional period for administrators cannot be defined in terms of an instructional period and shall be satisfied by the actual observation of an administrator's work during the semester for no less than 40 minutes.
Actual Classroom Observation. Actual classroom observation consists of observing the certified employee in any activities in a classroom setting. When a certified employee does not have classroom responsibility (e.g., administrators or librarians), the requirement of "actual classroom observation" will be satisfied by observing the certified employee performing activities that are typical of his or her position.
This policy and the evaluation instrument shall be included in the teacher handbook which will be distributed to staff members upon their employment and annually thereafter.
Adopted on: July 13, 2009
Revised on: _______________
Reviewed on: April 14, 2014
Reviewed on March 13, 2016