In accordance with the state requirements outlined in the AchieveNJ initiative, the West Essex Regional School District adopted a new teacher/principal evaluation system. To oversee the development and implementation of the new evaluation system, West Essex created a District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC) that represents all of the stakeholders involved: teachers, building administrators, district administrators, parents, and the Board of Education.
For our new teacher evaluation system, the DEAC committee collaborated and agreed upon the following:
AchieveNJ also requires that Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) be included in the evaluation of all teachers. Every teacher was required to develop 2 SGOs each. However, 7th and 8th grade teachers of Math and English/Reading were only required to develop 1 SGO each because a portion of their evaluation is based on Student Growth Percentile which will be calculated by the state. All SGOs were developed with the guidance of the content supervisors and must be approved by the building principals no later than November 15th.For the principal evaluation system, West Essex chose to use the Multidimensional Principal Performanc Rubric (MPPR) developed by Learner-Centered Initiatives. The MPPR rubric is a state-approved evaluation tool and has been integrated into the Teachscape online program.