• How does Act 54 differ from the previous law?

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    Act 54, upon full implementation, will require all educators to be formally evaluated annually. Educators currently receive formal evaluations every three years and informal evaluations annually. Under Act 54 student academic growth is required to count for 50% of educator evaluations. The remaining 50% is to be based upon other measures of effectiveness, such as observations, conferences and peer reviews. Previous law did not require measures of student growth for teacher evaluations. Previous law required BESE to define components of effectiveness. Under Act 54 the state board must define measures of effectiveness and respective values.

    Act 54 does not rely on test results, but rather the use of value-added data to determine school, district and state performance scores. This takes into account actual student growth.

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  • What kind of score will the new evaluation system generate? What do the scores mean?

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    Educators' final evaluation rating will be an average of their student growth scores (quantitative scores) and professional practice scores (qualitative scores)- reported on a 1 to 5 point scale. Scores from 1.0-1.9 will be labeled as Ineffective, 2.0-4.0 Effective, and 4.1-5.0 as Highly Effective.  Educators who are identified as Ineffective based upon student growth measures or qualitative measures will be rated as Ineffective overall.
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  • Will there be training provided on the new evaluation system?

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     The LDOE will provide training on the COMPASS observation tool; the SLT (student learning target)process and rubric; and the Human Capital Information System (HCIS) during late spring and summer 2012. These trainings will be primarily for school leaders and other evaluators.
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  • Does a teacher's rating affect compensation?

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     When fully implemented in the 2012-2013 school year, student growth and value-added information will be made available to the public on a school-wide basis. However, individual teacher data will not be made public and the new law does not affect teacher compensation. Local districts will maintain control over how teachers are rewarded and retained.
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