Teacher Evaluation: FAQ and Resources
Length & Frequency of Observations
For all teachers, at least one observation will be announced (require prior notice) and at leaset one unannounced. The chief school administrator will decide if the third is announced or unannounced.
SGPs and SGOs: How they will impact you
SGP: Student growth percentile; based on student test scores on the NJ ASK in grades 4-8 in language arts and mathematics
SGO: Student growth objective; must be measurable academic goals.
Teachers who receive SGP scores would also have at least one SGO and no more than four. Teachers in non-tested grades and subjects would have two to four SGPs.
How is student achievement calculated?
Student achievement will be a combination of standardized test scores and teacher- and principal- developed student growth objectives, which may be based on standardized test scores.
How is the student growth percentile calculated? How are test scores used?
The Department of Education will calculate the median SGP for teachers, using the SGPs of all the students assigned to one teacher.
Want more information about SGOs and SGPs?
There are presentations and other materials available explaining how these numbers are calculated. Find more information about each at…
- SGOs: http://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/teacher/objectives.shtml
- SGPs: http://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/teacher/percentile.shtml
More Information about Observations
- Non-tenured teachers are required to have multiple observers during their observations.
- All teachers must have at least one announced and one unannounced observation.
- Corrective Action Plans: After the first year, teachers who receive an Ineffective or Partially Effective rating are required to have one additional observation, and multiple observers are required.