Strong ratings for majority of Hawaii public school teachers

A majority of the state’s 11,000 teachers are making the grade, according to the Department of Education’s new Educator Effectiveness System.

The state released the results from the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday, which represented the first year of statewide implementation with no negative consequences for tenured teachers.

The results indicate nearly a vast majority of teachers are performing at the highest levels when it comes to the EES, which gives equal weight to two major categories: Student Growth and Learning Measures, and Teacher Practice Measures:

  • 16.0 percent of teachers are rated highly effective, meaning they demonstrate excellence in teacher practice and positive student outcomes.
  • 81.7 percent of teachers are rated effective, which means they demonstrate effective teacher practice and positive student outcomes.
  • 2.1 percent of teachers were rated marginal, meaning improvements are needed to demonstrate effective teacher practice and positive student outcomes.
  • 0.2 percent of teachers were rated unsatisfactory, which means teachers do not show evidence of effective teacher practice, positive student outcomes.

Within the EES Student Growth and Learning Measures and the Teacher Practice Measures, educators are evaluated on several areas including classroom observations, student survey, core professionalism, student learning objectives and the Hawaii Growth Model. A working portfolio is used to evaluate non-classroom teachers.

“Overall the results reflect more or less what we what we expected: most teachers are effective, with very few teachers rated as marginal, and even fewer rated as unsatisfactory,” Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe stated. “More importantly, EES is designed to help teachers and their administrators have high-quality conversations throughout the year about how to improve teaching and learning.”

In keeping with the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators, several significant changes were announced in June designed to simplify the EES, streamline its components and differentiate the approach for teachers based on need. These changes will take effect during this school year, 2014-15.

Some of the more notable changes to take effect this school year include differentiating the number of required classroom observations based on need from twice annually to 0 for highly effective teachers; 1 or more for effective teachers, and 2 or more for marginal, unsatisfactory or beginning teachers. Based on these results, approximately 1,800 teachers rated highly effective last school year will carryover their rating.

“We look forward to continuing the conversation with educators about how to improve the EES to make it the best tool we can for supporting teachers,” Nozoe said.

Click here for more information on EES changes and to view full results.

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