Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Delaware

Exiting Ineffective Teachers Policy


The state should articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, including specifying that teachers with multiple unsatisfactory evaluations should be eligible for dismissal.

Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Delaware results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/DE-Unsatisfactory-Evaluations-10

Analysis of Delaware's policies

Delaware requires local districts to place teachers on an improvement plan if they earn ratings of "needs improvement" or "ineffective" on their summative evaluations or if they earn a rating of "unsatisfactory" on any component of the evaluation. An improvement plan is also required if a teacher's overall rating on a lesson is deemed "unsatisfactory." The plan must include more frequent observations and intense professional development the following year.

Teachers who receive ineffective ratings for two consecutive years or who earn a combination of ineffective and unsatisfactory ratings for three consecutive years are considered to have patterns of ineffective teaching and are eligible for dismissal.


Recommendations for Delaware

State response to our analysis

Delaware was helpful in providing NCTQ with facts that enhanced this analysis.

Research rationale

To review the process and types of personnel evaluations observed in other job sectors, including the problems inherent to some evaluation systems see, for example, Gliddon, David (October 2004). Effective Performance Management Systems, Current Criticisms and New Ideas for Employee Evaluation in Performance Improvement 43(9), 27-36.