Will finalize evaluation scores for teachers in tested areas

On Nov. 7, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released a broadcast stating that the NJDOE is releasing mSGP reports, opening the window for districts to finalize and certify their 2017-18 evaluation scores.

These 2017-18 mSGP scores will count for 30 percent of tested subject area teacher summative evaluation scores. mSGP scores will drop to 5 percent of educator evaluation scores for the 2018-2019 statewide testing cycle.

Background

In June/July of each school year, school districts upload each teacher’s course roster to the NJSmart system, indicating which students are attributed to qualifying teachers. Students are to be included on a teacher’s roster ONLY if:

  • The teacher has been the teacher of record for the class being taught for 60 percent of the time from the first day of the school year to the first day of state testing, and
  • Students have been enrolled in the class for 70 percent of the time before the first day of testing. This does not take into account attendance, only enrollment in the class.

At the conclusion of each school year, non-mSGP teachers receive their Annual Summative Evaluation Rating, which is composed of their TEACHER PRACTICE and STUDENT GROWTH OBJECTIVE scores. However, mSGP teachers’ scores cannot be completed until release of the mSGP data. The NJDOE releases mSGP scores in the year following testing, which results in delaying the receipt of Annual Summative Evaluation Ratings for qualifying teachers.

Guidance for Educators

  1. The teacher should meet with his/her principal to review the evaluation score and review the teacher’s class roster.
  2. The teacher should review his/her course roster for the 2017-18 school year to determine accuracy. Consider:
    1. Did I have AT LEAST 20 students enrolled in my course?
    2. Are ALL of my students present on the roster?
    3. Was I the teacher of record for at least 60 percent of the school year, from the beginning of the year to the first day of state testing? (NOTE: Teachers who were on a leave of absence or had a schedule change should pay close attention to this.)
    4. Are there any students on my roster who may have transferred in/out of the school or my classroom, resulting in their enrollment in my class less than 70 percent of the time, from the start of the school year to the first day of testing?

If the teacher’s roster and score are accurate, the district may certify his/her summative score. If discrepancies are present, these must be resolved prior to the district score certification process.

Any educator who receives a summative score less than 2.65 must be placed on Corrective Action Plan (CAP). Teachers placed on corrective action, should be advised to contact their local president and NJEA UniServ field representative for guidance and support.

Guidance for Local Leaders

Local leaders should encourage building principals who are responsible for Grades 4 through 8 to initiate discussions and schedule meetings for a review of mSGP score and course rosters. The NJDOE has shared this protocol for sharing teacher mSGP reports.

Timeline

  • Districts will certify their local evaluation ratings after a final review of evaluation data and correction of any errors by Dec. 15, 2018.
  • For educators who receive a “Partially Effective” or “Ineffective” summative evaluation rating, the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) must be developed within 25 working days of the district’s receipt of the rating.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to your NJEA UniServ Field Representative who can gather information from the NJEA Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division.

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