The Professional Growth and Evaluation Process was piloted in HCPS during the 2008-2009 school year, and fully implemented across the county the following year. The PGEP is based on a belief in the power of reflective practice. Supporting teachers’ continuous growth, through the approved Professional Qualities and Instructional Responsibilities (PQs & IRs), is a primary role of the supervisor. In the ideal model, the supervisor acts as a facilitator of the teacher’s reflection on their own classroom practice and helps them clarify next steps for enhancing teaching and learning.
Like many states across the nation, the Virginia Board of Education approved regulations that require local school boards to develop a procedure for evaluating teachers, to include student academic progress. The Code of Virginia required that this be implemented by July 1, 2012.
In response to this, a Teacher Evaluation Committee (consisting of teachers and principals from across the county, instructional specialists, human resources representatives, directors and executive directors) met three times in the winter/spring of 2012 to develop procedures that align with the current PGE process while complying with Virginia law.
Input sessions were held throughout the 2012-2013 school year to revise current documents and better align our process with state requirements.
While the timelines and overall process remains the same, the following changes will be implemented for the 2013-2014 school year:
- Documents now reflect the seven Performance Standards with the PQs & IRs embedded appropriately.
- Progress in two growth measures will be used in evaluating performance. Last year, as an introductory year, two growth measures were selected but only one was used in the performance evaluation.
- There are four performance ratings –Exemplary, Proficient, Needs Improvement, and Unacceptable. There is a Performance Appraisal Rubric and point value that accompanies each rating. In previous years, a binary system was used: Meets/Exceeds or Does Not Meet
- Each of the first five Performance Standards carries equal weight of 6pts, the sixth standard is valued at 30pts, and the seventh (Student Academic Progress) is weighted 40pts. Standard 7 consists of two growth measures valued at 20pts each (as recommended by VDOE).
- TalentEd, an online evaluation system, will be implemented to create an electronic record of the growth process.
Feedback will be collected during the 2013-2014 year to improve the process and tools for the 2014-2015 school year.