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Personnel Evaluation

Student success starts with investing in the growth and performance of school leaders and teachers. Our comprehensive personnel evaluation systems use sound research on educator effectiveness and present clear, easy-to-use rubrics and descriptions to evaluate teachers, principals, and superintendents on what matters most to student achievement while helping them reach their full professional potential.

Inside-Out Evaluation Approach

Our research-based evaluation process uses an annual workflow process that is designed to meet your school’s goals through a combination of evidence-based strategies, relationship building, data-informed decision making, and professional growth. The inside-out approach, focusing on bright spots to embrace and expand existing strengths, follows these five steps as depicted in the diagram below:
STEP 1: SELF-ASSESSMENT—combination of evidence-backed rubrics and your own goal-setting metrics. This work becomes the basis for collaborative dialogue to craft goals for the upcoming academic year.
STEP 2: PRE-EVALUATION CONFERENCE—agree on the conditions of the evaluation necessary to demonstrate proficiency, potential consequences of poor performance, and potential benefits of accomplished or distinguished performance.
STEP 3: CONSOLIATED PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT—McREL will help collect, analyze, and synthesize the information gathered in step 2 to prepare a comprehensive picture of performance throughout the year.

STEP 4: EVALUATOR SUMMARY RATINGS—McREL will help you rate your team’s performance using rubrics on each element and framework component following the rubric’s scoring method.
STEP 5: FINAL EVALUATION AND GOAL-SETTING MEETING—McREL collaborates with your team and your school board to discuss progress toward achieving your goals and the level of performance on standards as documented in steps 1 and 4.

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Annual Process That Supports Professional Growth

Our evaluation systems use an annual workflow process that emphasizes self-reflection, formative feedback, and professional growth.

Evaluation Systems For Your School/District

Standards-Based Teacher Evaluation System

This research-based system is aligned with the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards. The rubric-based process measures teacher performance on specific actions linked to student achievement and identifies areas of needed professional development. The easy-to-use software allows you to aggregate data, customize reports, generate action plans, and track teacher performance over time.

Teacher Evaluation System: CUES Framework

Based on the proven instructional strategies in Classroom Instruction That Works (2nd ed.), the CUES Framework focuses on evaluating teacher growth, reinforcing teachers’ depth of knowledge (Content) and their abilities to deliver high-quality instruction (Understanding), create conditions that support learning for all students (Environment), and use resources to inspire rigorous learning (Support).

Balanced Leadership-Based Principal Evaluation System

Ever wondered if your principals are leading instruction effectively, conveying clear goals, and establishing order and discipline while serving as agents for change? Chart a course for principal improvement that is consistent, objective, and easy to report on and track. Our training for district personnel ensures everyone understands and is ready to use the new system on day one.

Balanced Leadership-Based Central Office and Superintendent Evaluation System

This evaluation system measures performance on the most important practices and gives specific recommendations for improvement to support  leaderships’ focus on creating goal-oriented districts. Evaluation data can be combined with student performance data to give a complete picture of the effect system leaders are having on student success.

Choosing Your Evaluation System

10 questions to ask when selecting, developing, or implementing personnel evaluation systems

In McREL’s experience helping states and districts nationwide adopt and develop personnel evaluation systems, we’ve seen firsthand the importance of thoughtful planning, attention to detail, and conversations with stakeholders.

To avoid unexpected pitfalls, we encourage education leaders to consider these 10 questions as they plan their transition to new evaluation systems. 

Contact us to learn more about each of these programs, licensing, trainings/support, and the accompanying professional learning opportunities for successful implementation of the frameworks. Our systems are available on a number of online platforms and as fillable PDFs that can be incorporated into a district’s learning management systems.