Teacher evaluation has become a major focus in the education field. With the high stakes involved, choosing the correct framework for your district is imperative. Therefore, to get the best benefits out of your framework, automating the teacher evaluation process is necessary. Used extensively throughout the school year, the automated process must be easy to use. Ultimately, nothing will derail the process quicker than an automation system that causes frustration.
What to Look for with Your Automated Teacher Evaluation Process
First, look for a teacher evaluation tool that is customizable to meet your district’s needs. It is important that the automated process meet the requirements that your state has instituted in the evaluation process. By being able to customize, everyone will know exactly what tasks need to be completed throughout the process. Many states require different processes depending on your “tenured” status. As a result, a system that allows you to have different sets of requirements for each status is crucial.
A process that allows you to view the entire year with a checklist is also very beneficial to your users. This allows everyone to know what steps each person will take to fulfill the requirements of the evaluation process. Critical to the process is transparency in when self-assessments and observations are due. Along those lines, the ability for the evaluator to be able to quickly see where their teachers are at a glance saves them time and wondering what they need to do next.
Look at the ease of use of the teacher evaluation tool. The automation of the process should make it easier for evaluators to complete evaluations. It should also save them much needed time. They should be able to do an observation by taking their electronic device into the classroom and easily add data without having to worry about how to do it.
A critical aspect is the ability to generate reports. This is critical for all of the people who are involved in the evaluation process. Any data that is entered into the system should be able to be pulled into a report. This is essential for HR and Curriculum departments to be able to aggregate and analyze the data quickly and accurately. State reporting and data driven professional development depend upon this data analysis. The ability to analyze reliable, accurate information will help the teachers perform in the classroom, which ultimately leads to student growth.
A factor to look at for both teachers and evaluators is the ability to add evidence to supplement the data from the teacher evaluation. This evidence should be able to take the form of a document, picture, or links to web sites. The teacher and evaluator should be able to link this evidence directly to what they are working on.
Finally, look for a process where changes can be made for following years, especially after the first year of using the product. Many times districts will realize after the first year that they need some changes to make the process go more smoothly. Make sure that your system can accommodate and allow those changes to take place.
Standard For Success Can Help!
Choosing the right automated process for your district is as critical as selecting the correct teacher framework. It often will lead to the success of how your teachers and evaluators look upon the process. At Standard For Success, we pride ourselves on providing a teacher evaluation software solution that is user friendly. In addition, our software helps the busy administrator track, analyze, and utilize teacher evaluation data to drive professional growth. Visit us at standsuccess.wpengine.com to learn more about how we can help make your teacher evaluation process simple and meaningful.