Educator Evaluation

Minnesota requires districts to develop and evaluate principals and teachers to improve leadership and instruction, as well as to increase student learning and success. Minnesota charter schools must also evaluate teachers with evaluation and development processes that meet guidelines in statute (Minn. Stat,, §§ 123B.147 and 122A.40, Subd. 8, and § 122A.41, Subd. 5).

The Division of School Support offers technical assistance, planning assistance and implementation support to local districts and charters. Our goal is to help you create meaningful, transparent, and accurate development and evaluation models. 

Tools, resources, and state example models for principals and teachers are available to help districts implement educator evaluation and professional development. Choose a page from those listed at left to learn more.

Fall Information Session

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

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 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