Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require that tenure decisions are based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
New Hampshire does not connect tenure decisions to evidence of teacher effectiveness.
Teachers in New Hampshire are awarded tenure automatically after a five-year probationary period, absent an additional process that evaluates cumulative evidence of teacher effectiveness.
S.B. 196, amending New Hampshire Code Section 189:14-a
End the automatic awarding of tenure.
The decision to grant tenure should be a deliberate one, based on consideration of a teacher's commitment and actual evidence of classroom effectiveness.
Ensure evidence of effectiveness is the preponderant criterion in tenure decisions.
New Hampshire should make evidence of effectiveness, rather than the number of years in the classroom, the most significant factor when determining this leap in professional standing.
Articulate a process that local districts must administer when deciding which teachers get tenure.
New Hampshire should require a clear process, such as a hearing, to ensure that the local district reviews a teacher's performance before making a determination regarding tenure.
New Hampshire was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis. The state added that it also requires districts to have a teacher evaluation policy.