Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Illinois

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.

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

Analysis of Illinois's policies

Illinois requires that teachers who receive an unsatisfactory evaluation be placed on a "remediation plan" within 30 days of the completed evaluation. Teachers are evaluated three times during the 90-day remediation period, and those who receive an unsatisfactory evaluation at its conclusion are formally eligible for dismissal.

In addition, new legislation in Illinois requires that for any teacher who successfully completes a remediation plan but then receives an "unsatisfactory" rating in the next 36-month period, the school district "may forego remediation and seek dismissal."


Recommendations for Illinois

State response to our analysis

Illinois recognized the factual accuracy of 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.