District Evaluation System

To oversee the development and implementation of the district's educator evaluation system, West Essex utilizes School Improvement Panels (ScIP) at both the Middle and High Schools. ScIP responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensuring that evaluation procedures are properly implemented and identifying PD opportunities for staff members. The ScIPs meet independently in their respective buildings and jointly as a district. ScIPs replaced Professional Development Committees.

As of 2021, the following state-approved rubrics are used to evaluate West Essex staff:

  • Danielson Framework for Teachers
  • Danielson Rubrics for Media Specialists and Speech Therapists
  • West Essex/Danielson Group Customized Rubric for Case Managers and School Psychologists
  • New Jersey School Counselors Association (NJSCA) for School Counselors
  • ASCD Nurse Rubric for School Nurses
  • Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) for Athletic Trainers
  • Multidimensional Leaders Performance Rubric (MLPR) for Assistant Principals
  • New Jersey Principal Evaluation for Professional Learning (NJPEPL) for Principals
  • Customized NJPEPL for Directors
  • Customized Danielson Rubric for Instructional Supervisors

The district utilizes the Genesis Employee online platform to manage all aspects of the staff evaluation process including observations, SGOs, PDPs, and summative evaluations. 

Below are the state's Evaluation Component Weights.
Weighting may change annually based on NJDOE guidelines.

Type of Educator Evaluation Component Weights
mSGP Teachers
(MS ELA Teachers, Grade 7 Math Teachers)
  Teacher Practice: 70%
  SGO: 25%
  mSGP: 5%

Non-mSGP Teachers, Support Staff
  Practice: 85%
  SGO: 15%

mSGP Principal/Assistant Principal
(MS Principal and AP)
  Principal Practice: 70%
  Administrator Goals: 10%
  SGO Average: 10%
  mSGP Average: 10%

Non-mSGP Principal/Assistant Principals
(HS Principal and APs)
  Principal Practice: 80%
  Administrator Goals: 10%
  SGO Average: 10%

Other Admin
(Directors, Supervisors)
  Administrator Practice: 90%
  Administrator Goals: 10%

Complete details on all of the latest revisions to AchieveNJ can be found on the NJDOE website at https://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/