1/23/12 MEASURING UP

MEASURING UP
The state DPI just released its performance report for teachers and administrators across North Carolina. Here’s how principals and teachers in Alamance County look.

The Times-News 1/23/12     
Reprinted with permission.

   The state Department of Public Instruction used several new performance measures to grade the Alamance-Burlington School System’s teachers and leaders for 2010-11.

   Educator effectiveness was gauged through the use of the North Carolina Evaluation System. This system engages teachers, principals, and their evaluators to identify strengths and weaknesses. During the 2010-11 school year, the state required school districts statewide to complete evaluations for teachers in their first three years in the classroom and tenured teachers renewing their licenses.

   The N.C. Educator Evaluation System is a growth instrument that identifies the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of teachers, and measures the level at which they meet the standard as they move from ratings of developing to distinguished.

   Alamance-Burlington School system teachers who participated in the process were graded based on five criteria including leadership, content knowledge, classroom environment, learning facilitation and reflecting on their profession. The school system’s leaders were graded based on seven criteria including strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural leadership, human resource leadership, managerial leadership, external development leadership and micro-political leadership.

   The teachers and school leaders received performance grades in each category. Based on performance, the grade categories included not demonstrated, developing, proficient, accomplished and distinguished. Each school in the Alamance-Burlington School System was included in the evaluation process. To see the complete report, visit www.ncpublicschools.org/recruitment/effectiveness.

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