Superintendent’s Memo #285-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 7, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Training Materials for the Implementation of Virginia's Teacher Evaluation Guidelines

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce additional resources now available to assist school divisions in aligning their current teacher evaluation systems with the Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers and the Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers, approved by the Board of Education on April 28, 2011, and effective on July 1, 2012.  These new resources “Training Materials for the Implementation of Virginia’s Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers” may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/performance_evaluation/index.shtml.

The Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers set forth seven performance standards for all Virginia teachers.  Pursuant to state law, teacher evaluations must be consistent with the performance standards (objectives) included in the Guidelines located at   http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/regulations/2011_guidelines_uniform_performance_standards_evaluation_criteria.pdf.  The Code of Virginia requires that school boards’ procedures for evaluating teachers address student academic progress; how this requirement is met is the responsibility of local school boards.

The training materials are intended to help school divisions align their current evaluation systems with the revised Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers.  Additionally, the training materials provide practice in implementing a teacher evaluation system that is aligned with the Guidelines through simulations and activities.

The training materials were developed for the 2011-2012 performance-pay pilot schools located in 13 school divisions throughout the Commonwealth.  The performance pay pilot schools are currently implementing the teacher performance standards and model teacher evaluation system included in the Board’s Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers.

The Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers provide school divisions with a model evaluation system, including sample forms and templates that may be implemented “as is” or used to refine existing local teacher evaluation systems.  The model teacher evaluation system recommends that each teacher receive a summative evaluation rating.  Though not mandated, the Guidelines recommend that the rating be determined by weighting the first six standards equally at 10 percent each, and that the seventh standard, student academic progress, account for 40 percent of the summative evaluation. The training materials also provide guidance for incorporating multiple measures of student academic progress into teacher performance evaluations.  Based on the implementation of the teacher evaluation system by performance-pay pilot schools, there may be revisions to these training materials.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Mark R. Allan, director of licensure and school leadership, via e-mail at Mark.Allan@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-2471.

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