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: Mississippi requires teachers' impact on student learning to play a role in evaluation scores for all teachers. The state is currently developing the student learning component of its teacher evaluation system and plans to implement this system in the 2019-2020 school year.
State's Role in Evaluation System: Mississippi requires all teachers to be evaluated using the state's Professional Growth System.
Professional Growth System 2018-2019: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OA/OTL/Teacher%20Center/pgs-teacher_growth-rubric-guidebook2018-2019_20180620110553_869001.pdf Rule 14-19 http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/2016-board-agenda/tab-11-educator-and-principal-evaluation-system-sbe-policy.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Due to Mississippi's strong policies in this area, no recommendations are provided.
Mississippi recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
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.