Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Utah

Exiting Ineffective Teachers Policy

Goal

The state should articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, including specifying that teachers with multiple unsatisfactory evaluations should be eligible for dismissal.

Meets in part
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Unsatisfactory Evaluations: Utah results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/UT-Unsatisfactory-Evaluations-10

Analysis of Utah's policies

Utah requires that all teachers who receive an unsatisfactory evaluation be placed on an improvement plan. However, the state does not address whether a certain number of unsatisfactory evaluations would make teachers automatically eligible for dismissal.

Citation

Recommendations for Utah

Make eligibility for dismissal a consequence of unsatisfactory evaluations.
Teachers who receive two consecutive unsatisfactory evaluations or have two unsatisfactory evaluations within five years should be formally eligible for dismissal, regardless of whether they have tenure. Utah should adopt a policy that ensures that teachers who receive such unsatisfactory evaluations are eligible for dismissal.

State response to our analysis

Utah recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

To review the process and types of personnel evaluations observed in other job sectors, including the problems inherent to some evaluation systems see, for example, Gliddon, David (October 2004). Effective Performance Management Systems, Current Criticisms and New Ideas for Employee Evaluation in Performance Improvement 43(9), 27-36.