2011 Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.
Commendably, all teachers in Pennsylvania must be evaluated at least annually.
Nonprobationary teachers must be evaluated once a year. New teachers in Pennsylvania must be formally evaluated twice a year. However, the state's policy does not include any guidelines on when these evaluations should occur.
Pennsylvania State Public School Code of 1949, Art. XI, 11-1123 Pennsylvania Code 351.24
Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, Pennsylvania should require multiple observations for all teachers, even those who have nonprobationary status.
Ensure that new teachers are observed and receive feedback early in the school year.
It is critical that schools and districts closely monitor the performance of new teachers. Pennsylvania should ensure that its new teachers get the support they need and that supervisors know early on which new teachers may be struggling or at risk for unacceptable levels of performance. As evaluation instruments become more data driven, it will not be feasible to issue a formal evaluation rating until applicable student data are available later in the year.
Pennsylvania recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.