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Op-Ed: Achieve NJ -- A Teacher Evaluation with Multiple Measures

Every student deserves a great education. But how do we make this happen? In our schools, it begins with effective educators. As a classroom teacher with more than twenty years of experience, a master's degree, and National Board certification, I was excited to learn in 2011 that New Jersey was going to overhaul its teacher evaluation system based on research findings and educator input. Teachers crave feedback. We want to know how our performance measures up and can be improved. Sadly for many years, one observation per year for tenured teachers has been the rule. But that is about to change, and I am excited.

Op-Ed: Achieve NJ -- A Teacher Evaluation with Multiple Measures

Every student deserves a great education. But how do we make this happen? In our schools, it begins with effective educators. As a classroom teacher with more than twenty years of experience, a master’s degree, and National Board certification, I was excited to learn in 2011 that New Jersey was going to overhaul its teacher evaluation system based on research findings and educator input. Teachers crave feedback. We want to know how our performance measures up and can be improved. Sadly for many years, one observation per year for tenured teachers has been the rule. But that is about to change, and I am excited.

As a teacher, how could I ever expect my students to grow if I did not give them multiple opportunities in a variety of formats to demonstrate their understanding of content? The proposed evaluation system in New Jersey is calling for the same thing for educators.

One of the measures of AchieveNJ, the proposed system -- and the one that has received the most press attention -- is the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) score. The SGP is a measure of how a teacher’s students have grown on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) in comparison to those statewide who are most like them academically. As an eighth-grade language arts teacher, I am one of those teachers who will receive an SGP rating. Personally, I am very curious to see my score, and I know that it is going to give me valuable data about the students I teach and my impact on their learning.

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