NJEA also proposes an improved evaluation system, aimed at better measuring teacher effectiveness and providing better support and access to professional development to address areas of concern.
Nontenured teachers would be evaluated at least four times each year under NJEA’s proposal, while tenured teachers would receive evaluations at least twice annually. The evaluations would take into account both student performance and the teacher’s professional practice.
Student progress would be determined through multiple measures. One of those measures may be a valid and reliable assessment, such as a well-designed standardized test. However, test scores would not be the only, or even the predominant, measure of student learning. In addition to student performance and a teacher’s professional practice, out-of-school factors would also be taken into account, so that districts can fairly and reliably judge a teacher’s true effectiveness.
NJEA’s proposed evaluation system uses a four-level scale, with ratings of highly effective, effective, approaching effective, and ineffective. Tenured teachers rated ineffective who are unable or unwilling to improve would be at risk of dismissal under NJEA’s proposed streamlined tenure system.