The New Jersey Education Department announced a new $1.1 million grant program to encourage school districts to take part in a pilot program tying teacher evaluations to student performance.
The Excellent Educators for New Jersey grant funds will be awarded for the coming school year to districts and charter schools that will work with the department to development and implement new educator evaluation systems based on recommendations of the governor’s Task Force on Educator Effectiveness.
Those recommendations include teacher evaluation systems based on student learning and progress and assessing teacher practices using new national core curriculum standards.
“New Jersey educators deserve timely, meaningful, and actionable feedback about the work they do to help students learn,” acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf said in a statement Tuesday. “This pilot system offers a tremendous opportunity for us to collaborate with our local partners on the best way to support our educators as they prepare New Jersey’s students for college and careers.”