2019 Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
The state should require objective measures of student growth to be included in a teacher's evaluation score.
Impact of Student Growth: Hawaii requires 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on evidence of student growth. One Student Learning Objective (SLO) must be included in each teacher's evaluation.
State's Role in Evaluation System: Hawaii requires that teachers are evaluated using the state's Educator Effectiveness System.
Agreement between the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the State Board of Education 2017-2021 https://www.hsta.org/portals/0/documents/HSTA-CBA-FINAL-2021.pdf 2018-19 Handbook: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Educator%20Effectivness/EESManual.pdf
Due to Hawaii's strong policies in this area, no recommendations are provided.
Hawaii did not respond to NCTQ's request to review this analysis for accuracy.
7A: Measures of Student Growth
Many factors should be considered in formally evaluating a teacher; however, nothing is more important than effectiveness in the classroom. Value-added models are an important tool for measuring student achievement and school effectiveness. These models have the ability to measure individual students' learning gains, controlling for students' previous knowledge and background characteristics. While some research suggests value-added models are subject to bias and statistical limitations, rich data and strong controls can eliminate error and bias. In the area of teacher quality, examining student growth offers a fairer and potentially more meaningful way to evaluate a teacher's effectiveness than other methods schools use.
Unfortunately, districts have used many evaluation instruments, including some mandated by states, which are structured so that teachers can earn a satisfactory rating without any evidence that they are sufficiently advancing student learning in the classroom. Teacher evaluation instruments should include factors that combine both human judgment and objective measures of student learning.