Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.
Commendably, all teachers in North Dakota must be evaluated at least annually.
Nonprobationary teachers are required to be evaluated once a year. New teachers in North Dakota must be evaluated twice a year. The first written report of the teacher's performance must be completed by December 15 and the second by March 15.
North Dakota Statute 15.1-15-01
Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, North Dakota should require multiple observations for all teachers, even those who have nonprobationary status. Further, as evaluation instruments become more data driven, it may not be feasible to issue multiple formal evaluation ratings during a single year. Applicable student data will likely not be available to support multiple ratings.
North Dakota recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.