The New Teacher Project Issues Blueprint for Teacher Evaluation Systems

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Calling it "a blueprint for rigorous, fair, and credible teacher evaluation systems centered on student outcomes", Carnegie Corporation grantee The New Teacher Project has published Teacher Evaluation 2.0 which proposes six design standards that any rigorous and fair teacher evaluation system should meet. The guidelines offer a blueprint for better evaluations that can help every teacher succeed in the classroom—and give every student the best chance at success. 

This follow up to the Widget Effect lays out "core convictions about good instruction": that all children can master academically rigorous material, regardless of their socioeconomic status;  that a teacher’s primary professional responsibility is to ensure that students learn;  that teachers contribute to student learning in ways that can largely be observed and measured; that evaluation results should form the foundation of teacher development; that evaluations should play a major role in important employment decisions; and that no evaluation system can be perfect—in teaching or in any other profession.

The guidelines suggest that evaluations should provide all teachers with regular feedback that helps them grow as professionals, no matter how long they have been in the classroom. Evaluations should give schools the information they need to build the strongest possible instructional teams, and help districts hold school leaders accountable for supporting each teacher’s development. Most importantly, they should focus everyone in a school system, from teachers to the superintendent, on what matters most: keeping every student on track to graduate from high school ready for success in college or a career.