SCORE Evaluation - Full Report - Page 6

Supporting Effective Teaching in Tennessee: Listening and Gathering Feedback on Tennessee’s Teacher Evaluations SCORE’S Teacher Evaluation Feedback Process During the first year of the implementation, the new teacher evaluation system is serving as a powerful platform for increasing inspired, high-quality teaching across the state. As with any significant implementation process, challenges have arisen. In December 2011, Governor Bill Haslam asked the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) to conduct a formal statewide listening and feedback process, independent of state government, on Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. As part of the process, Governor Haslam asked SCORE to produce a report to the State Board of Education and Department of Education that would reflect feedback from across the state and propose a range of policy considerations for refining Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system moving forward. This feedback process complements other feedback being collected by the Department of Education and the Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation, and Development (TNCRED). SCORE’s role in this process was to listen. SCORE collected feedback from stakeholders across the state including teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, local and state officials, community and business leaders, and other citizens. SCORE gathered feedback and input in the following ways: • Held nine public roundtables in rural, urban, and suburban communities in all three grand divisions of the state in February, March, and April of this year. • Conducted an online questionnaire that was sent to all teachers and principals in every school district across the state. • Conducted in-depth interviews on teacher evaluation with leaders in Tennessee and across the nation, including with educators overseeing each of the four approved evaluation models being used in Tennessee. •  ormed an Educator Work Team comprised of 22 teachers, principals, and district leaders from across the F state. • Received additional feedback from existing networks of teachers, principals, and district leaders, and fielded input from numerous educators and citizens of the state. This feedback process would not have been possible without the eight organizations who partnered with SCORE in gathering critical input from educators and community members throughout Tennessee. They include the Tennessee Education Association (TEA), Q