W H Y E V A L U A T I O N M A T T E R S
Supporting great educators
An effective evaluation system is key to developing, supporting and improving the
effectiveness of our educators as well as recognizing the outstanding
performance of our most effective teachers and leaders.
Teachers have a profound influence
An effective teacher can change the course of a student’s life, and effective teachers
need effective leaders with the ability to guide and motivate school communities.
Research has shown that one of the most important school-based factor
influencing a student’s achievement is the quality of his or her teacher.
Focus on regular feedback
Unfortunately, evaluation models in many of our schools don’t provide the kind of
feedback and support educators need in order to develop and improve. Currently,
evaluations are often infrequent or inconsistent, with little focus on the educator’s
professional development and little, if any consideration of how much students
are learning. The Rhode Island Educator Evaluation System Standards, on the
other hand, calls for annual evaluations.
Multiple measures of effectiveness
To determine overall educator effectiveness, the Rhode Island Model considers three
central components: Professional Practice, Professional Responsibilities, and Student
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