District Evaluation System

In accordance with the state requirements outlined in the AchieveNJ initiative, the West Essex Regional School District adopted a new teacher/principal evaluation system back in 2012. 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:

  • Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Effective Teaching will be the assessment rubric for teachers.
  • Teachscape will be the online program to manage all staff observations and evaluations.
  • The 4 evaluation ratings (as prescribed by the state) will be 1=Ineffective 2=Partially Effective, 3=Effective, 4=Highly Effective

For the principal evaluation system, West Essex chose to use the Multidimensional Principal Performance Rubric (MPPR) developed by Learner-Centered Initiatives. The MPPR rubric is a state-approved evaluation tool and has been integrated into the online evaluation tool.

To oversee activities linked to teacher evaluation and effectiveness (and in accordance with AchieveNJ), West Essex formed School Improvement Panels (ScIP) at both the Middle and High Schools. Their responsibilities include: ensuring that evaluation procedures and corrective action plans are implemented, identifying PD opportunities for staff members, and overseeing the mentorship of new teachers. The ScIPs meet independently with the principals of their respective buildings.

On March 26, 2014, the DEAC accepted the following NJ Standard weightings for the 4 domains of Danielson's rubric:
Domain 1: 20%
Domain 2: 30%
Domain 3: 30%
Domain 4: 20%

UPDATE (2015)
The WERSD agreed to adopt the following state-approved rubrics for designated non-instructional staff:

  • Multidimensional Leaders Performance Rubric (MLPR) for Assistant Principals
  • ASCD Nurse Rubric for School Nurses
  • New Jersey School Counselors Association (NJSCA) for Guidance Counselors
  • Customized Danielson Rubric for Case Managers
  • Athletic Trainer's Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) for Athletic Trainers

UPDATE (2016)
The NJDOE recently announced several changes to the AchieveNJ regulations:

    1. All observations will be a minimum of 20 minutes ("Long" observations no longer required)
    2. Tenured teachers are only required to be observed 2 times per school year.
    3. Thirty percent (30%) of mSGP teachers' evaluations will come from student performance on the PARCC Assessment. At West Essex this new weighting will affect teachers of 7th and 8th grade English, 7th and 8th grade Reading, and 7th grade Math.
    4. Fifteen percent (15%) of all teachers' evaluations will come from Student Growth Objectives (SGOs).

Additionally, the district decided to utilize Genesis (no longer Teachscape) to manage all aspects of the staff evaluation process including observations, SGOs, PDPs, and summative evaluations. Administrators will be trained on the new program in August 2016, and staff members will be trained during the first day of orientation for all staff in September 2016.

Complete details on all of the latest revisions to AchieveNJ can found at the links below:
AchieveNJ revisions 2017
Evaluation Weight 2017-2018