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Evaluation of educators is critical to the success of our schools, as well as the educational development of each individual student. There are several important aspects of evaluation that educators and administrators need to understand.

What is Evaluation?

EducationWeek defines evaluation as a process used to review and evaluate a teacher’s performance and effectiveness in the classroom. The evaluation process is a template that includes basic questions (rubric) along with the collection of relevant data. These elements will drive informed decisions regarding the overall effectiveness of educators. 

Some evaluation criteria are subjective, while others are more objective and measurable. A subjective aspect of evaluating educators might include rating their enthusiasm for the subject they’re teaching. More formal types of evaluation might include data analysis using tools such as interviews, surveys, and observations. It is necessary to clearly define the terms, criteria, and data that will be used and how they will be used in order to conduct effective evaluations.

What Steps are in a Typical Process?

There are several necessary components in every effective evaluation process. 

  • Who – Administrators are typically the evaluators in the evaluation process. It’s often effective, however, to include an educator’s peers and teacher coaches in various phases of the process. SFS offers external evaluations if needed.
  • What – The steps that should be taken often include asking key questions, collecting data, and analyzing data. Value added measures, such as test results and academic information about students, are also used when available. 
  • When – Evaluations should occur at the beginning, the end, and throughout the school year to get an overall picture of a teacher’s progress. Administrators should be encouraged to visit classrooms often and at different times.
  • Where – Evaluations can occur organically or with advanced planning. They can take place in and out of a classroom setting.

With the components in place, there are several criteria that are often used when evaluating educators.

  • Knowledge and Organization of Subject Matter – Does the educator have a mastery of the subject matter being taught? 
  • Lesson Development and Implementation – Is the teacher using research-based instruction? Are the state standards implemented into regular lesson plans? 
  • Student Assessment Methods – Does the instructor use a variety of data elements and assessment methods? Are assessment methods clearly explained and understood by both students and parents?
  • Classroom Management and Personal Organization – Is the educator providing a safe, inclusive learning environment for every student? Are disciplinary techniques fair and effective? 
  • Professional and Collaborative Interaction with Other Educators – Is the teacher continuing in a variety of professional development and ongoing training? Does the teacher interact positively with peers?

 

Why Choose SFS Evaluation?

Standard for Success (SFS) offers software solutions for a variety of educational needs, including evaluation. SFS provides several aspects of teacher evaluation to make the entire process easier and more effective.

  • Specific Evaluation Tools Available – SFS offers a variety of rubrics for administrators, including McRel, 5D+, Thoughtful Classroom, and more.  SFS can also import your locally-created custom rubrics to meet the individual needs of your district.
  • Teacher and Administrative Services – SFS provides teacher coaching and administrative consulting services as well as professional development. 
  • Effective Resources – Standard for Success features several great resources. These include videos, articles, and in-depth white papers.

SFS Evaluation provides a robust, customizable solution to create better teachers, better students, and a better world. Contact Standard for Success and arrange for a demo today.

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