N.J. D.O.E. Will Release Teacher Evaluation Database Next Week

The New Jersey Department of Education received a bit of flack after its announcement of the first year’s results of using Student Growth Percentiles, as well as Teacher Practice rubrics and Student Growth Objectives, to gauge teacher effectiveness: 97% of N.J. teachers were deemed either effective or highly effective. Can any profession boast such proficiency?

But the results are more granular than that, and next week, on July 15th,  the D.O.E. will release a database comprising performance ratings for specific teachers. No names are published, but parents will be able to see how many teachers in each school received ratings of either ineffective, partially effective, effective, and highly effective. They’ll also be able to see principal ratings (by district, not school, to preserve anonymity).

Under our old binary system – satisfactory or unsatisfactory ratings based on subjective classroom observations – almost all teachers were rated satisfactory. In 2012-2013, for example, 99.2% of teachers were deemed satisfactory.

Here are a few preliminary conclusions from Peter Shulman, chief talent officer for the Department of Education, by way of the Star Ledger’s article on the D.O.E.’s presentation Wednesday to the State Board of Education:

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