Policy 5310 – Evaluation Changes
During the 2014-2015 school year, teacher evaluations will remain the same in West Virginia schools, but changes will be piloted for reading/language arts and math to test major revisions to Policy 5310 that will go statewide in 2015-2016.
The deadline for the final evaluation has been changed. The new deadline to convene the year-end conference and complete the summative performance rating will now be before the last day of school for teachers but not later than June 15.
For a complete evaluation timeline click on the “Timeline” link at the bottom of the page.
Major revisions for math and reading/LA teachers in 2015-2016:
For 2014-2015, all teachers will continue to develop two student learning goals. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year 15 percent of the evaluations for math and reading/language arts teachers will be based on their students’ test scores on a statewide summative assessment.
During the following school year, however, (and every year thereafter) teachers of tested grades and subjects are not required to develop and submit goals, as 15 percent of their evaluations will be based on their students’ test scores. Still, these teachers will have the option to develop and submit goals if they choose to do so. This 15 percent is in addition to the 5 percent school-wide growth component of the evaluation.
Beginning in 2015-2016, for educators who teach in tested grades and subjects (for which two consecutive years of summative assessment data is available), student growth will be determined by summative assessment results as measured between two points in time.
The scores are not based on proficiency but on how much the student has grown from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year.
Teachers of non-tested grades and subjects and school leaders and counselors will continue to develop two goals and submit them electronically to their evaluator for review.
A roster verification process will be employed during the 2014-2015 school year to determine “teachers of record” for individual students. Educators will complete the roster verification process each school year, and completed roster verifications will be approved by a school-level administrator.
The roster verification process will not begin until the spring of 2015.
Teachers will be responsible for verifying which students they taught, during which months they taught those students and the percentage of instruction they gave the students.
The process will allow teachers to add students they taught or remove ones they did not. They can indicate whether a student transferred during the school year, enrolled late or exited earlier and teachers also can note whether they did not teach a course for a certain period of the year, among other roster verification details.
Battelle for Kids, a national nonprofit organization, will help facilitate the roster verification process.
For more about the evaluation policy changes, and to see information that the state Department of Education has made public, check out the evaluation site here.
A WVEA Evaluation System brochure can be accessed by clicking here. The brochure is for the current evaluation system, not the one that will be introduced during the 2015-2016 school year.