ERIC Number: ED315895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Documentation System for Teacher Improvement or Termination: Revised.
Frels, Kelly; Horton, Janet L.
The primary objective of a school district's teacher evaluation system is to improve teachers' performance so they can become more successful and contribute to district goals. If the evaluation fails to produce this result, the teacher must be replaced either by resignation or termination. To provide support for the principal and help ensure fair treatment of evaluated teachers, a simple, effective documentation system that can be used in conjunction with virtually any district's evaluation system has been developed. This system gives a principal an opportunity to communicate effectively with teachers and develop the proper documentation for improvement or termination. If no improvement occurs, the system provides an incentive for voluntary resignation. If that does not happen, the system provides the necessary documentation to prepare the principal for a hearing before the board of education. The documentation system components include: (1) memoranda to the file; (2) specific incidents memoranda; (3) visitation memoranda; (4) summary memoranda; (5) the assessment or evaluation document; and (6) the close out memorandum. When preparing any memorandum, reliance should be made on the facts; conclusionary statements unsupported by the facts should be avoided. The system encourages fair and reasonable treatment of all parties. Examples of the various documentation memoranda are included in appendices. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Documentation, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Principals, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.