Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC)
New Evaluation Systems Provide Illinois Educators Greater Support
In 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), which requires all schools in Illinois to change how teachers’ and principals’ performance is measured. PERA requires districts to design and implement performance evaluation systems that assess teachers’ and principals’ professional skills as well as incorporate measures of student growth.
Teacher evaluation systems should provide clear descriptions of professional excellence so everyone understands what great teaching means. The evaluations will be based on standards of effective practice, with evaluators trained and pre-qualified to conduct observations, collect evidence and provide helpful, timely feedback. The PERA-based evaluations add objectivity to a practice that almost universally was subjective.
In addition, student achievement will become a significant factor in every evaluation by the 2016-17 school year. Beginning Sept. 1, 2012, both teachers and administrators in all districts (even those that have not yet adopted new evaluation systems) began to be rated using one of these four performance categories: Excellent, Proficient, Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory.
The Illinois Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (made up of stakeholders from across the state) came together to discuss communication regarding the teacher and principal evaluator training and changes that are occurring. Below are documents that will help communicate a consistent message and reflect the changes to teachers and principal evaluations.
- Education Reform in Illinois - ISBE Non-Regulatory Guidance on the Performance Evaluation Reform Act and Senate Bill 7 (12/11 rev. 1/12)
- Joint Committee Guidebook: Implementing the Student Growth Component in Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems (2/14)
- 13-01: Guidance on Using Illinois 5Essentials Survey Data in Principal Evaluation (2/13)
- 13-02: Guidance on Collecting Evidence of Teacher Practice Not Observable During Classroom Observations in Teacher Evaluation Systems (2-13)
- 13-03: Guidance on District Decision Making (2/13)
- 13-04: Draft: Student Learning Objective Template (2/14)
- 13-05: Guidance on Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation: Fact Sheet - Under Revision
- 13-06: Model Teacher Evaluation System - Measuring Student Growth Using Type III Assessments (2/13)
- 13-07: Guidance on Alignment of Three Factors in Principal Evaluation (2/13 rev. 7/13)
- 13-08: Guidance on Measuring Student Growth for First-Year Principals in Principal Evaluation Systems (2/13)
- 13-09: Model Teacher Evaluation System - Creating a Summative Rating (2/13)
- 13-10: Guidance on Creating Operating Guidelines for Student Growth Models in Teacher Evaluation Systems (2/13)
- 13-11: Guidance on Creating a Summative Rating in Teacher Evaluation Systems (2/13)
- 13-17: Guidance on Peer Evaluation in Teacher Evaluation Systems in Illinois (5/13)
- 13-22: Guidance on Teacher Evaluation Systems for Beginning (Novice) Teachers in Illinois (12/13)
- 14-02: Guidance on Recall Rights of Honorably Dismissed Teachers (Changes Made by Public Act 98-0648) (7/14)
- 14-03: Guidance on Building Teacher Evaluation Systems for Teachers of Students With Disabilities, English Learners, and Early Childhood Students (Revised 9/17/14)
- For answers concerning teacher performance evaluation plans, the state performance evaluation model for teachers, performance evaluation plans for principals and assistant principals, and training for evaluators see refer to the "Legislation" tab below.
- Balanced Assessment
- Implemention Guidance Updated! (2/14)
- PEAC / PERA Presentation Slides
- PEAC Strategic Plan (11/13)
- PERA Evaluation Guidance for Beginning (Novice) Teachers Posted! (12/13)
- Principal/Teacher Evaluation Training - What Modules do I need? (Posted 8/21/13)
— Please contact your Regional Office of Education to inquire about registration for the trainings.
- State Model for Assessing Student Growth in Teacher Evaluation Status Update - January 2014
- What Modules do I need? (Updated 3/5/14)
All evaluators of principals and assistant principals must complete all five modules of the Growth Through Learning Illinois Principal Evaluation training before evaluating principals or assistant principals.
Evaluators can begin observing teachers once they complete Modules 1, 2, and 3. For teacher evaluators, completion of module 4 will prequalify them to evaluate if the district is not implementing student growth. Module 5 must be completed by evaluators whose districts are implementing student growth.
- Illinois Performance Evaluation Growth Through Learning Training and Assessment Communication Documents
- System Requirements
- Growth Through Learning Reports
- Newsline Announcements: Growth Through Learning Illinois
- 10/05/12 Announcement — Module 2: Resources and Remediation Available for Teacher Evaluators
- The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument by Charlotte Danielson FAQ’s (10/12)
- Illinois Performance Evaluation Growth Through Learning Program Test Results and Metrics (9/21/12)
- Teachscape Guidance on the Collaborative Use of FfTPS Videos (9/18/12)
- Growth Through Learning Communication Documents (Posted 8/23/12)
- Module 2 Reduction in the Mandatory Wait Period Before Retesting (8/17/12)
- Module 1 and Module 2 Retest Options for Illinois Evaluators (8/16/12)
- Module 2 Retest Option for Illinois Evaluators (8/9/12)
- Teacher and Principal Evaluation Important Training Information Update - July 11, 2012
- Study Guides
- Growth Through Learning Help Line: 1-800-416-9734
To help address all of your questions and concerns we are providing a call in number. Please leave a detailed message and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
- Technical Assistance Information for Teacher Evaluation Training and/or Principal Evaluation Training
Having computer or network trouble? We have technical documentation to help you solve your problems. Any questions or technical issues should be sent to email@example.com.
For more information regarding use of presentation slides by nonmembers of PEAC, please contact Vicki Phillips at Illinois State Board of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar and Video Archive
- Videos And Clips Of Teaching To Be Used For Professional Development With Pk-12 Staff (Posted 3/8/13)
In response to districts asking for videos and resources can be used for staff development, the Preparation and Evaluation Division is collecting resources from the field that can be shared. The link above contains resources that have been submitted by our colleagues. Each resource links to videos of classroom teaching. These have not been vetted in terms of quality or alignment, but are merely a collection of resources to be used if applicable. We welcome any suggested resources you feel would be beneficial additions to this list.
- PARCC Presentation Webinar—Monday, February 11, 2013
Dan Long, PARCC Coordinator, presents a webinar, specifically for PEAC members and interested parties, regarding an explanation of the PARCC assessment system. Includes Q & A Session.
- Transforming Educator Evaluations in Illinois Webinar—May 9, 2012
Presented by Vicki Phillips, Interim Director of the Educator and School Development Division and hosted by the Division of Innovation and Improvement, this webinar will explain the Performance and Evaluation Reform Act as it pertains specifically to Cohort 1, 2, and 3 – SIG 1003(g) School Improvement Grant recipients.
- Advance Illinois Making Teacher Evaluations Meaningful Video Presentations—April 17, 2012
- PEAC Teacher and Principal Evaluation Webinar—April 11, 2012
A webinar to provide registration information to District Superintendents and technical support for District IT Personnel who might be supporting district evaluators engaged in the training and covered topics related to:
Beginning in September 2012, all principals must be evaluated every year by a trained, pre-qualified evaluator. Like teachers, principals’ evaluations will now incorporate measures of student academic growth. Also similar to teachers, principals will be rated using clearly defined standards of effective practice and excellent school leadership.
- PEAC Illinois State Model for Principal Evaluation PDF Format (Posted 2/12)
- DuPage County ROE Principal Evaluation Forms
- Growth Through Learning Performance Evaluation Communication Documents (8/12)
- IPA and IASA Principal Evaluation Resources
- Module 1 Reference Guide: Understanding The State Requirements for Principal Evaluation
Download for use when:•Preparing for training •During training •Participating in the assessment.
- Online Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems (8/12)
- PEAC Sample Forms
Want more information? Check out the FAQ page.
State law requires school districts to create and implement performance evaluation systems to measure teachers’ and principals’ skills while factoring in student academic growth. Over the next five years, district administrators and teachers’ union representatives will have the ability to work together to develop their own measures or decide to use all or part of the state’s default/optional model.
The new, more objective systems will clearly define professional excellence, using observation and evidence to rate teachers in one of the four categories: Excellent • Proficient • Needs Improvement • Unsatisfactory
- Growth Through Learning Performance Evaluation Communication Documents (8/12)
- Online Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems (8/12)
- Module 1 Participant Guidebook: "Understand" Teacher Practice
Download for use when: Preparing for training • During training • Participating in the assessment.
Special Education Resources
Student Learning Objectives (SLO's)
- Analysis of Key Elements of SLO Practice in Leading States
- Measuring Student Achievement in Non-‐Tested Grades and Subjects: Approaches, Issues, and Options for DCPS
- Student Learning Objectives: An Emerging Framework PowerPoint Presentation
- Student Learning Objective Template (Draft - 12/9/13)
Want more information? Check out the FAQs page.
- Administrative Rules for Part 50 (Evaluation of Certified Employees)
- Illinois Professional Teaching Standards - 2013
Board member training that satisfies Section 10-16a of the Illinois School Code (added by Public Act 097-0008) is available via the Illinois Association of School Board's Online Learning Center. Senate Bill 7 authorizes ISAB to conduct this mandatory training and additional providers may be approved by ISBE (in consultation with IASB) for this training in the future. Additional information and course information is available at on the IASB website, http://www.iasb.com/.
- Additional Reading is available at http://www.k12center.org/archives.html
- Alignment of the Illinois Performance Standards for School Leaders with the 2008 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards and the National Board Standards for Accomplished Principals
- "Approaches and Considerations for Incorporating Student Performance Results from "Non-Tested" Grades and Subjects Into Educator Effectiveness Determinations" (Buckley, K. & Marion, S. September 2011)
- "A Survey of Approaches Used to Evaluate Educators in Non-Tested Grades and Subjects" (Buckley, K. & Marion, S. June 2011)
- Current Efforts in Developing Principal Performance Evaluation Frameworks in Illinois
- Daily Herald News Article: "Dist. 211's new teacher evaluation system" - By Ashok Selvam 8/27/10
- "Design Of An Assessment System For The Race To The Top: A Learning Sciences Perspective On Issues Of Growth And Measurement" Policy Brief (Pellegrino, J. W. 2010)
- Educator Performance Evaluation Resources - With Special Focus on Special Educators (NCCTQ) 2012
- Exploratory Seminar: Measurement Challenges Within the Race to the Top Agenda December 2009 Responses to Session 1: Measuring Growth - Policy Brief
- "Final Report on the Evaluation of the Growth Model Pilot Project," January 2011
- Framework for Teaching (FfT) Proficiency Test: Test Design and Scoring - Teachscape, July, 2012
- Goe, Dr. Laura: Conversation with the PEAC Teacher Evaluation System Design Subcommittee Slide Presentation: October 27, 2011
- "Growth In Student Achievement: Issues Of Measurement, Longitudinal Data Analysis, and Accountability" Policy Brief (Betebenner, D.A., & Linn, R. L. 2010)
- IEA PERA Information Flier
- Illinois Performance Standards for School Leaders - Draft January 2012
- Illinois Professional Teaching Standards - 2013
The following resources and videos are reflective of various lessons, lesson artifacts, classroom activities, and instructional strategies. Districts may find these especially useful during the transition to Common Core:
- The Washington DC Public School Educator Portal offers a wide variety of teaching resources and video libraries
- The Measures of Effective Teaching Extension (METX)
Collection includes classroom footage and scanned lesson artifacts captured during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years. The METX project enlisted more than 350 teacher volunteers from six school districts, collecting video and other artifacts of everyday classroom activities that document thousands of lessons. This was a large-scale effort to create a rich resource for educators and researchers that will contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning. The recorded lessons in the METX collection include a variety of English Language Arts and Mathematics classroom topics as well as a range of lessons and activities. Many of the videos have been tagged using a tag scheme based on the Common Core State Standards and the TeachingWorks High Leverage Practices. The collection also includes an array of lesson artifacts—teacher lesson plans, worksheets and handouts, homework assignments, and images of board work. The MET Extension video library through the University of Michigan can be accessed at this site: http://soe.mivideo.it.umich.edu
- The Teaching Channel
A video showcase -- on the Internet and TV -- of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools.
- MET Project
A report developed from the MET Project on the process for master coding videos to be used in observer training and certification.
- The Observation Engine (Empirical Education)
Train your evaluators and teaching staff. Observation Engine enters the world of online learning and offers even more flexibility for school systems to improve and implement their training and calibration efforts. With the release of v3.3, administrators can create online Lessons targeted towards specific areas of instruction, for not only educator evaluators, but for their teachers and instructional staff as well. Video “clipping” is now also available in v3.3. The ability to create video clips provides a powerful way to leverage Observation Engine’s video library, whether you are conducting certification testing, calibration events, or providing online learning opportunities. Release is scheduled for November 2013.
- Create targeted, self-paced practice exercises for evaluators and teachers
- Select exemplar video clips that highlight your teaching standards
- Provide guided viewing experiences and immediate on-screen feedback for evaluators
- Engage teachers in valuable conversations around teaching practices
- Request for Information (RFI): Evaluator Pre-Qualification Program & Evaluator Training Program (2/11)
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