Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.
Regrettably, California does not ensure that all teachers are evaluated annually.
Once teachers attain "permanent status" in California, they must be evaluated at least every other year. Teachers who have been employed by the district for at least 10 years may be evaluated only once every five years if they are highly qualified, and if the evaluator and certificated employee agree.
New teachers in California must be formally evaluated once a year. However, the state's policy does not include any guidelines on when these evaluations should occur.
California Code 44664(a)
Require annual formal evaluations for all teachers.
All teachers in California should be evaluated annually, regardless of their employment history. Rather than treated as mere formalities, these teacher evaluations should serve as important tools for rewarding good teachers, helping average teachers improve and holding weak teachers accountable for poor performance.
Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, California should require multiple observations for all teachers, even those who have nonprobationary status.
Ensure that new teachers are observed and receive feedback early in the school year.
It is critical that schools and districts closely monitor the performance of new teachers. California should ensure that its new teachers get the support they need and that supervisors know early on which new teachers may be struggling or at risk for unacceptable levels of performance.
California recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.