Frequency of Evaluations : Rhode Island

Identifying Effective Teachers Policy


The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.

Meets goal
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Frequency of Evaluations : Rhode Island results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
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Analysis of Rhode Island's policies

Commendably, by school year 2012-2013, all teachers in Rhode Island will be evaluated annually.

As part of the evaluation, each teacher will receive at least one long, announced observation in the first semester of the year, followed by written feedback and a post-observation conference. Each teacher will also receive several unannounced observations, for a total of at least four observations throughout the year.   


Recommendations for Rhode Island

State response to our analysis

Rhode Island recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

For the frequency of evaluations in government and private industry, see survey results from Hudson Employment Index's report: "Pay and Performance in America: 2005 Compensation and Benefits Report" Hudson Highlands Group (2005).

For research emphasizing the importance of evaluation and observations for new teachers in predicting future success and providing support for teachers see, D. Staiger and J. Rockoff, "Searching for Effective Teachers with Imperfect Information." The Journal of Economic Perspectives. (24:3) American Economic Association (2010).