New evaluation rules for principals, teachers

NEW ULM – District 88 is piloting a new principal evaluation model this year, ahead of full implementation in 2013-14.

Starting in 2013-14, a new state law will require certain component parts to be included in the principal evaluation process in Minnesota schools, according to Superintendent Harold Remme.

A 35 percent of the weighted evaluation must be based on student academic performance in the building of the principal, Remme explained. The evaluation must also include supervisory evaluation measurements, and another component part is stakeholder feedback.

“We have a ‘draft’ process that we are using this year which may or may not be modified for the 2013-14 school year,” Remme said.

Starting in 2014-15, a new law requires similar things to be included in a teacher evaluation process, Remme added. The local school district has the 2013-14 school year to develop its own evaluation model that is agreed upon by the teacher bargaining unit and the local school board, or a state default model will be imposed to the process.

A district teacher evaluation task force is currently working on the teacher evaluation model. One part of the discussion is focused on whether professional learning communities (PLCs), groups of teachers by subject or grade level that serve as a vehicle for professional development, could serve as “a point of contact” for peer observation and student data analysis, explain officials on the task force.

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