A Growth Mindset Can Positively Affect Teacher Evaluations — And Benefit Students
Teacher and administrative evaluations can be helpful measures to drive student success — but often, evaluation methods leave much to be desired. Both evaluators and those being evaluated can feel stress over whether the process is fair, and both parties may wonder whether the metrics used to evaluate teachers are the most effective gauge of an educator’s value added measures. Standard for Success has created an Evaluations platform that uses teacher evaluations to propel the educational goals of students, schools, and the community.
Teacher Evaluations: The Basics
Teacher evaluations are designed to help administrators understand a teacher’s strengths and areas of opportunity for growth. Administrators can use evaluations to provide feedback to individual teachers on how they can adjust their instruction and classroom environment to move students forward. Teacher evaluations can also be used to see overall building trends, allowing administrators to create professional development opportunities that benefit a large percentage of the school’s staff.
Teacher evaluations differ from school to school (and from state to state), but generally, evaluations measure how effectively an educator (or other school staff member) contributes to the success of their students.
Factors measured by teacher evaluations may include:
- Quality of instruction
- Quality of accommodations for students who learn differently
- Rigor of student work
- Ability to assess student misunderstandings and adjust instruction in the moment
- Rapport with students
- Subject matter knowledge
- Ability to assess students at the end of the lesson and use that information to determine future instructional needs
It’s important that educators are evaluated fairly and consistently. This doesn’t just create a fair playing field for teachers — it also allows teachers to compare their performance from year to year, celebrating their successes and learning more about areas in which they need to continue to grow.
SFS Evaluation Software
At Standard For Success (SFS), we recognize the importance of basing our evaluations on state standards and producing data-driven results. We’re able to develop rubrics to meet any state standard and provide deep dives for teachers and administrators that allow them to continuously improve their practices. SFS Evaluation software allows administrators to evaluate teachers in multiple domains, including culture, engagement strategies, intellectual work, and more.
We know that it’s tough to gauge the hard work of educators during one classroom visit, and our software works to quantify each educator’s value added measures (VAMs), allowing administrators to create professional development sessions specifically designed to meet the needs of their staff.
SFS Evaluation software is focused on teacher improvement and growth. Evaluation feedback drives teachers and students forward, creating a positive experience for both teachers and administrators.
Teacher Evaluations that Propel Educational Goals
With SFS Evaluation, it’s easier for administrators to share evaluation results with teachers. Unbiased, data-driven information makes the reasons behind results clear.
SFS Evaluation software allows administrators to customize software to fit their building metrics, allows drill-down capabilities for in-depth data analysis, provides the opportunity for self-evaluation, and provides administrators and teachers with the chance to look at how their performance has changed from year to year.
When administrators use SFS Evaluation, teachers understand that they’re fairly evaluated, and trust that the results of their evaluations are an accurate measure of what’s happening in their classrooms. Fair evaluations improve teacher performance and boost retention, which creates consistency and performance boosts for students. Fair teacher evaluations don’t just have the power to change a school — they have the power to create positive change in the world.