SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION
It is universally accepted that good teaching is the most important element in a sound educational program. Student learning is directly affected by teacher competence; therefore, teacher evaluation shall be accomplished using a teacher evaluation plan which demonstrates a clear link between teacher evaluation, professional development and improved student learning.
Appraisal of teaching performance should serve three purposes:
- To raise the quality of instruction and educational services to the children of our community resulting in improved student learning.
- To raise the standards of the teaching profession as a whole.
- To aid the individual teacher to grow professionally, linking district-wide teacher evaluation and professional development plans.
Evaluation of teacher performance must be a cooperative, continuing process designed to improve student learning and the quality of instruction. The Superintendent shall evaluate or cause to be evaluated all certified employees. The teacher shares with those who work with the teacher the responsibility for developing effective evaluation procedures and instruments and for the development and maintenance of professional standards and attitudes regarding the evaluation process.
The Board of Education directs the Superintendent and the teachers' and administrators' representatives to develop, in harmony with the latest Guidelines for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development issued by the Connecticut Department of Education and such other guidelines as may be mutually agreed upon, a system-wide program for evaluating the instructional process and all certified personnel as one means to improve student learning and insure the quality of instruction. The evaluation plan shall be comprised of strengths, areas needing improvement, strategies for improvement and multiple indicators of student academic growth. Further, claims of failure to follow such guidelines shall be subject to the grievance procedure in collective bargaining agreements negotiated subsequent to July 1, 2004.
The Superintendent and all employees whose administrative and supervisory duties equal at least 50% of their time shall include a minimum of fifteen hours of training in the evaluation of teachers pursuant to Section 10-151b, as part of the required professional development activity during each five year period for reissuance of their professional educator certificate.
Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-145b
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-151a
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-151b (amended by PA 04-137, An Act Concerning Teachers' Evaluations)
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-151c
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-220a(b)
20 U.S.C. Section 1119 No Child Left Behind
34 C.F.R. 200.55 Federal Regulations
Litchfield Board of Education
Policy Adopted: November 9, 1982
Policy Reviewed: October 1, 1998
Policy Rewritten: May 16, 2012