A Look at Georgia's New Teacher
The new Teacher Evaluation System will be implemented in the 26 Race to
the Top districts next year along with 60 additional districts. Districts will
continue to be added each year until all systems are under a uniformed
The new Teacher Evaluation System will be based on three core
components: (1) Teacher Performance Standards, (2) Student Growth, and
Teacher Performance Standards
- Measured by 5 domains (categories): Planning, Instructional Delivery,
Assessment of and for Learning, Learning Environment, and
Professionalism & Communication
- Within these categories are 10 strands (2 strands per domain) to
measure the effectiveness of a teacher...
o Professional Knowledge: The teacher demonstrates an
understanding of the curriculum, subject content, pedagogical
knowledge, and the needs of students by providing relevant
o Instructional Planning: The teacher plans using state and local
school district curricula and standards, effective strategies,
resources, and data to address the differentiated needs of all
o Instructional Strategies: The teacher promotes student learning
by using research‐based instructional strategies relevant to the
content area to engage students in active learning and to promote
o Differentiated Instruction: The teacher challenges students by
providing appropriate content and developing skills which address
individual learning differences.
o Assessment Strategies: The teacher systematically chooses a
variety of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment
strategies and instruments that are valid and appropriate for the
content and student population.
o Assessment Uses: The teacher systematically gathers,
analyzes, and uses relevant data to measure student progress, to
inform instructional content and delivery methods, and to provide
timely and constructive feedback to both students and parents.
o Positive Learning Environment: The teacher provides a well‐
managed, safe, and orderly environment that is conducive to
learning and encourages respect for all.
o Academically Challenging Environment: The teacher creates
a student‐centered, academic environment in which teaching and
learning occur at high levels and students are self‐directed learners.
o Professionalism: The teacher demonstrates a commitment to
professional ethics and the school’s mission, participates in
professional growth opportunities, and contributes to the profession.
o Communication: The teacher communicates effectively with
students, parents or guardians, district and school personnel, and
other stakeholders in ways that enhance student learning.
o Teacher rated on how/if they meet the above 10 strands
o 2 formal observations: 1 announced and 1 unannounced
o At least 30mins each
o Completed between Jan.-Apr 1
o School will decide required documents to “prove” effectiveness
for each of the 4 strands; sample docs are listed below:
o Professional Knowledge
Annotated list of instructional activities for a unit
Annotated photographs of teacher-made displays used in
Annotated samples or photographs of instructional materials
created by the teacher
Lesson/intervention plan (including goals and objectives,
activities, resources, and assessment measures)
Team/Department Meeting Minutes
Substitute Lesson Plan
o Instructional Strategies
Samples of handouts/presentation visuals
Technology samples on disk
Video of teacher using various instructional strategies
o Differentiated Instruction
Summary of consultation with appropriate staff members
regarding special needs of individual students
Samples of extension or remediation activities
Video or annotated photographs of class working on
Video of teacher instructing various groups at different levels
Teachers will be ranked Exemplary, Proficient, Developing/Needs
Improvement, or Ineffective for each strand and will receive an
overall score and rank of effectiveness.
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parents, educators, and concerned
citizens from across the state. We
are committed to ensuring a quality
public education for every child.
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