Educator Evaluation
In the 2011 Special Session, the Minnesota Legislature created statutory language requiring Minnesota schools to have annual evaluations for principals beginning in the 2013-14 school year and for teachers beginning in 2014-15. The legislation also directed the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to convene work groups to create an example model for principal evaluation and a default model for teacher evaluation.

This section provides resources to help districts implement educator evaluation and professional development. The full text of relevant statutes are available as well as links to professional organizations and related evaluation sites.  Please see the Principal Evaluation and Teacher Evaluation sections for specific models and resources.

Fall Information Session

The resources below were shared with districts at the Fall information session.

Establishing Foundations for Action

View the Analogy on the Value-Added Resource Center (VARC) website for one description of the term “value-added,” which is used in the evaluation legislation.

Best Practice Documents Referenced During Workshop

The New Teacher Project is a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality. Read Teacher Evaluation 2.0 on the New Teacher Project website.

TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement have written several reports on teacher evaluation. Find More than Measurement: The TAP System’s Lessons Learned for Designing Better Teacher Evaluation Systems on the TAP website.

View Learning About Teaching: Initial Findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project, on the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project website.

The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education shared their report. Find Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching on the Stanford policy web page.

Read The Ripple Effect: A Synthesis of Research on Principal Influence to Inform Performance Evaluation Design on the American Institutes for Research website.

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality has an extensive library of resources for educator evaluation.  We shared three documents from the TQ Source website during the fall information sessions:
•  Measuring Teachers’ Contributions to Student Learning Growth for Nontested Grades and Subjects.
•  Communication Framework for Measuring Teacher Quality and Effectiveness: Bringing Coherence to the Conversation.
•   A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems.

New Leaders for New Schools is a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country. Read Evaluating Principals: Balancing Accountability with Professional Growth on the New Leaders for New Schools website.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) partnered with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to develop research-based framework that will serve to shape policy around effective principal evaluations. Read Rethinking Principal Evaluation: A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice on the NASSP website.

Winter Information Session

Minnesota regional service cooperatives hosted 14 information sessions on the topic of model design for principal and teacher evaluation. A significant portion of the presentation focused on the state example models for principal and teacher evaluation.  View the Fergus Falls presentation.

The resources below were shared with districts at the winter information session.

Spring Information Session

These resources and links were shared with districts at the spring information session.
Resources for Defining Critical Practice