from the NJ Department of Education
    "Effective educators are the most important in-school factor for student success, but we currently lack a robust statewide evaluation system that adequately measures effectiveness. Teachers and principals need timely, meaningful feedback to improve their practice, and students deserve educators who are highly effective and continuously improve. A high-quality evaluation system will enable districts to identify each educator's professional development needs and support his/her growth. Differentiating educators based on their performance rather than treating them as interchangeable widgets is fair to educators and shows respect for their profession. A high-quality evaluation system will also help districts and schools improve their personnel decisions. By linking tenure and other personnel decisions as well as compensation levels to educator effectiveness, rather than to seniority and advanced degrees, school systems will be able to attract and retain more effective teachers and drive significant improvements in student learning. The New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force Report, released in March 2011, outlines several steps for implementing an improved evaluation system."
    The new teacher and principal evaluation systems will be implemented in all districts in 2013-14. The 2012-13 school year serves as a time for districts to build capacity for new evaluation procedures by following specific requirements. In addition, several districts are participating in teacher and principal evaluation pilots during this school year.

    On March 6, 2013, the Department of Education proposed regulations to the State Board of Education providing rules for educator evaluation and professional development in the initiatives now collectively referred to as AchieveNJThese regulations are scheduled to become effective at the beginning of School Year 2013-14 and include greater details about several elements of evaluation, including:

    • Calculation of the annual summative ratings for teachers, principals, assistant principals, and vice-principals;
    • Observation requirements for teachers;
    • Objective measures of student achievement for teachers of subjects and grades tested by the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge ("NJ ASK") as well as for teachers of non-tested grades and subjects;
    • Measures of practice and student achievement for principals;
    • Mentoring;
    • Individualized professional development;
    • Corrective action plans; and
    • The role and duties of the School Improvement Panel.
    Monitoring of the district program is being advised by members of the District Evaluation Advisory Committee, which is made up of volunteer representative stakeholders.  On the advice of this committee and at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the MARSD Board of Education approved the selection of the Danielson Framework for Teaching, and its associated rubrics, as the district teacher evaluation instrument, and Teachscape as the data management tool for observations, evaluations, professional development, and reporting.
    In addition, AcheiveNJ calls for the formation of building level School Improvement Panels (ScIPs), which will advise in the area of teacher improvement, mentoring, and professional development (in concert with existing building and district Professional Development Committees).  In MARSD, these are made up of, at a minimum, two administrators and two teachers in each building.
    Links to additional resources:
    TEACHNJ Act (tenure law)
Last Modified on April 10, 2013