How does Act 54 differ from the previous law?
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.