Surviving Your Evaluation

As a new teacher, you will be evaluated by your principal or supervisor to ensure your teaching is aligned with school system standards.

Performance evaluations are conducted differently in each school system. It is important to check with your colleagues, as well as your supervisor (usually your Principal, but occasionally the Special Education Director, Vocational Director or other administrator), early in the school year to find out how evaluations are handled in your new system.

It is also important to review the contract provisions governing teacher evaluations with your local Association/NJEA building representative.

A good evaluation:

  • provides useful information to both the evaluator and the teacher;
  • is holistic and uses more than checklists;
  • affords multiple opportunities for observation;
  • uses a standard, well-defined reporting process; and
  • limits the evaluation to those factors under the control of the teacher.

A poor evaluation:

  • is performed by an evaluator who is not familiar with your work or the content area;
  • does not allow adequate time for observations;
  • employs standards which are vague or inconsistent;
  • discounts external factors; or
  • does not provide specific remediation measures with recognition of corrections.

If you are concerned about your evaluation, contact your local Association representative. Keep a record of all observations, letters, memos, and notes ? both positive and negative ? throughout your years of teaching. It is particularly important to document how you change your classroom practices if informed of a problem.