ERIC Number: ED412224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Application of the "Personnel Evaluation Standards" to Local District Teacher Evaluation Programs: Analyses of 14 Cases.
Loup, Karen S.; Ellett, Chad D.
Local school district teacher evaluation plans, processes, and procedures were studied to determine whether they measure up to the criteria outlined by D. Stufflebeam's "Personnel Evaluation Standards" (1988). The applicability and interpretability of the "Standards" across 14 actual cases from local school districts in Connecticut were analyzed, and these results were compared to those from a previous study of teacher evaluation in Louisiana. The focus was on Connecticut's teacher evaluation cycle as implemented in different districts. Key features of the cycle include appraisal, support, and plans for continued professional growth. Previous study of the System for Teaching and Learning Assessment and Review (STAR) in Louisiana described it as a system that includes a student learning-centered focus that is in contrast to the Connecticut Competency Instrument, a classroom observation system based on the process-product literature of the 1980s. The 14 Connecticut examples included 2 urban, 8 suburban, and 4 rural school districts. Case analysts, 14 Connecticut teachers and administrators, used the categories from the "Standards" (propriety, utility, feasibility, and accuracy) to guide their analyses. Results suggest that Connecticut districts are beginning to consider and implement written policy and procedures for decision making in evaluation, although evaluations as carried out were not fully consistent with the state's declared objectives. However, the analyses do indicate that the "Standards" can be used to outline weaknesses and suggest improvements in local district teacher evaluation programs. Appendixes describe Connecticut's teacher evaluation cycle, the "Personnel Evaluation Standards," and the components of a standard as outlined by D. Stufflebeam (1988). (Contains 3 tables and 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Louisiana