Frequency of Evaluations

Identifying Effective Teachers Policy

Frequency of Evaluations

The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.

Best practices

Although not awarding "best practice" honors for frequency of evaluations, NCTQ commends all nine states that meet this goal not only by requiring annual evaluations for all teachers, but also for ensuring that new teachers are observed and receive feedback during the first half of the school year. 

Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Frequency of Evaluations national results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Frequency-of-Evaluations--8
Best practice 0

States

Meets goal 9

States

Nearly meets goal 13

States

Meets goal in part 9

States

Meets a small part of goal 2

States

Does not meet goal 18

States

Do states require districts to evaluate all teachers each year?

2011
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Yes: AL, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, LA, NC, ND, NJ, NV, NY, OK, PA, RI, TN, UT, WA, WY

No : AK, AR, CA, DC, HI, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NM, OH, OR, SC, SD, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Do states require districts to observe new teachers early in the school year?

2011
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Yes : AL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MD, MN, ND, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, RI, SC, TN, WA, WV

No : AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, LA, MA, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, NM, NY, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WY

Research rationale

For the frequency of evaluations in government and private industry, see survey results from Hudson Employment Index's report: "Pay and Performance in America: 2005 Compensation and Benefits Report" Hudson Highlands Group (2005).

For research emphasizing the importance of evaluation and observations for new teachers in predicting future success and providing support for teachers see, D. Staiger and J. Rockoff, "Searching for Effective Teachers with Imperfect Information." The Journal of Economic Perspectives. (24:3) American Economic Association (2010).

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