TEACHNJ, the new tenure law that went into effect August 2012, requires all school districts to implement new evaluation systems by September 2013. Regulations to govern the new systems were introduced at the March State Board meeting.
NJEA has concerns about the proposed regulations. See the evaluation FAQ for details. They create different standards for teachers in tested grades and subjects (language arts and math in grades 4-8), place too much emphasis on standardized test scores, and don’t seem to take the school and classroom context into account. They use Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) and Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) as a main measure of student achievement.
Your colleagues need you to get involved so that the new evaluation system is fair, developed with input from you, and provides you with the kind of feedback and support that helps you do your job.