OEA's Teacher Evaluation & Support System Guidebook
The Teacher Evaluation & Support System Guidebook has been developed in consultation with OEA leaders and staff by OEA's Center for Great Public Schools. It provides local education associations and school district leaders a comprehensive resource to utilize in working collaboratively together to design a teacher evaluation and support system. Think of this Guidebook as an owner's manual for assembling and operating your new system. Download a PDF of the Guidebook or read it online:
Oregon Teacher Evaluation & Support Systems – Guide to System Assessment — A tool for collaborative teacher evaluation design teams to assess efficacy of system design and implementation. Download it here.
Contact OEA's Center for Great Public Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard-copy of the Guidebook.
Accompanying the Guidebook is a CD-ROM with additional resources that will help your team be effective. To access these documents online via Google Drive, click the "Download Now" button below.
OEA believes a robust and meaningful evaluation system, co-created by teachers and administrators, will benefit everyone, students especially.
The NEA Summit on Teacher Evaluation in Washington, D.C. followed on the heels of the adoption by the 2011 NEA Representative Assembly of NEA's Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability, as well as the Oregon State Legislature passing Senate Bill 290.
Many state legislatures - including Oregon - are addressing teacher evaluation by proposing new laws and regulations, virtually all of them focused on using evidence of student learning or achievement in the evaluation process. In Oregon, OEA led the charge in identify ways state and local affiliates can co-create evaluation systems that reflect a shared vision of teaching effectiveness.
OEA's Center for Great Public Schools continues to monitor and inform the work of Oregon Evaluation Framework created by a collaborative group of educators convened by the Oregon Department of Education. In 2011, the State Board of Education adopted model core teaching standards for use in teacher evaluation systems. Oregon statute (ORS 342.856) reflects the changes in state policy including the requirement that districts collaboratively develop a system that aligns with the standards as of July 1, 2013.
Students enrolled in our public schools deserve competent, caring, and effective teachers. Every day, dedicated education professionals enter classrooms across Oregon intent on doing their best to make sure students succeed.
The central principle of any teacher assessment system must be to improve knowledge, skills, and classroom practice of professional educators with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning.
Comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and professional development systems should be designed in tandem with the goal of improving the knowledge, skills and effectiveness of the teacher workforce. This requires a sustained social, political and financial commitment.