Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.
Regrettably, Nebraska does not ensure that all teachers are evaluated annually.
The state does not articulate the frequency of evaluations for nonprobationary teachers. Nebraska does, however, require that new teachers be evaluated at least twice a year, a minimum of once a semester.
Nebraska Statute 79-828(2)
Require annual formal evaluations for all teachers.
All teachers in Nebraska should be evaluated annually. Rather than treated as mere formalities, these teacher evaluations should serve as important tools for rewarding good teachers, helping average teachers improve and holding weak teachers accountable for poor performance.
Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, Nebraska 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.
Nebraska recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.