The state should articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, including specifying that teachers with multiple unsatisfactory evaluations should be eligible for dismissal.
Louisiana requires that teachers who fail to meet "standards of effectiveness" as defined by the state's evaluation plan be placed on an "intensive assistance program" not to exceed two years. If, at the conclusion of the program, the teacher does not successfully complete the program or is still deemed to be ineffective based on a formal evaluation, the school district is allowed to "initiate termination proceedings."
Unfortunately, Louisiana's effort to make unsatisfactory evaluations grounds for initiating termination proceedings does not carry over to the state's dismissal policy (see Goal 5-C).
Louisiana recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
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.