Teacher Evaluation in North Dakota

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding ND Teacher Evaluations
 
What is the history of the Principal and Teacher Evaluation System Support Subcommittee (PTESS)?
In October 2011, the Teacher and Principal Evaluation System Support Subcommittee (TPESS) was convened to develop ND’s plan for principal and teacher evaluation systems as part of ND’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver Request. In March 2013, ND withdrew its application for the waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. Superintendent Baesler reconvened the former TPESS subcommittee under a new name, the Principal and Teacher Evaluation System Support (PTESS) committee in August of 2013 to review and refine North Dakota’s plans for developing and implementing teacher and principal evaluation systems, with an initial emphasis placed on advancing principal evaluation.
 
What is the role of the PTESS committee?
The PTESS committee is a leadership initiative of NDDPI. The PTESS committee provides advice and recommendations to the State Superintendent regarding the development of North Dakota’s Principal & Teacher Evaluation System.
 
Is there a specific timeline for implementation of the teacher evaluation system?
Districts will be expected to select a ND Teacher Evaluation model and notify NDDPI by August 1, 2015. District implementation of their models for local teacher evaluations begins on or before September 1, 2015. While selection must be made and implementation begun by these dates, the NDDPI understands that full implementation of a new evaluation system will require an extended period of time in some cases. Districts do not need to have the same evaluation model for the principal and/or teacher model(s).  NDDPI will send a notice to school administrators on how to submit their selected ND Teacher Evaluation model by June 15, 2015. It will be online and through a survey format.
 
How does this affect schools and districts that have already selected evaluation models?
There are many districts that have already reviewed and are piloting evaluation models at this time; however, districts will have the ability to continue to review and vet evaluation models until the required decision dates are reached. Districts must submit their evaluation model(s) for approval to the NDDPI.  This process allows districts time to make the best determinations for their staff.
  
Will training or resources for training be provided by ND DPI?
The NDDPI Office of School Approval & Opportunity will assist in the development of a professional development plan, with our state educational partners (e.g., ND LEAD Center), to help ensure all districts will have access to professional development opportunities. Grant funding for principal evaluation will be available for REAs to apply for from the Office of School Approval & Opportunity to support their professional development. REAs will be sent notices of dates available for the professional development assistance by NDDPI.
 
How will existing commercial evaluation systems be treated?
Teacher evaluation models/vendors were reviewed by the PTESS and an internal NDDPI committee. The models were found to be in alignment with the newly adopted ND Teacher Evaluation Guidelines. The newly adopted guidelines allows schools to submit their ND Teacher Evaluation model for Department approval based on the guidelines and template. Following is a list of companies where the Department has approved their model.
  • American Institute for Research Teacher Evaluation (AIR)
  • McRel Teacher Evaluation Model
  • Danielson Teacher Evaluation Model
  • Marshall Teacher Evaluation Model 
  • Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model
Can districts develop their own models?
Locally developed models are also allowed. Districts may develop their own models that align to the North Dakota Teacher Evaluation Guidelines. These district generated models will be reviewed by NDDPI Office of School Approval & Opportunity using the same evaluation tools aligned with the commercially available models. The NDDPI will provide a document and process for districts to use when submitting their local models for approval to ensure that all necessary alignment information is included. Currently, the North Dakota Teacher Evaluation template has been developed and aligns to the North Dakota Teacher Evaluation Guidelines.
 
How will NDDPI and the PTESS working group communicate the decisions that have been made and the guidance that has been developed with practitioners?
Decisions will be communicated through the NDDPI website, the NDDPI newsletter, email listserv communications, educational partners (e.g., NDCEL, NDU, REAs, NDSBA, etc.). NDDPI staff will also provide information at regularly scheduled educational conferences throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.
 
How do you evaluate a person who is both the principal and teacher?
It is recommended that a school administrator, with dual roles, follow the higher positions’ evaluation process. Therefore, if a person is both the principal and teacher, the person would follow the principal’s evaluation. The administrator’s evaluation should align with the job description, and therefore, if there are functions that would normally be those of a principal, they should be evaluated by the superintendent. It is highly recommended that this administrator conduct a survey of stakeholders such as teachers and noncertified staff, using a 360 tool (ND LEAD Center) which reflects the principal’s position. The results of the survey should form the basis for principal goals in the principal’s evaluation.
 
What model should be used to evaluate a guidance counselor, media specialist, or other certified staff who are not in a classroom setting?
A school district should align the evaluation with the job description. There are national standards for counselors (ASCA – American School Counseling Association) and media specialists (ALA -American Library Association). Some of the national models include standards and rubrics for such positions.  If the model does not provide a set of standards and rubrics, they should be developed locally. Contact NDDPI for further support in evaluation needs.
 
Who do I contact at NDDPI if I have questions?
 
Gail Schauer, Director                                                 
School Approval & Opportunity                                       
(701) 328-2755 (phone)                                                
(701) 328-0201 (fax)                                                     




December 2017