Armada Area Schools Evaluation Program
We are committed to developing an evaluation process that supports the continual improvement of our instructional practices and collaboration with all stakeholders.
Danielson Observation Tool
Armada Area Schools utilizes the Danielson Observation Tool. The Danielson Observation Tool looks at four domains. Each domain is scored 1-4. The domain score is then multiplied by .15 for a total score. An example can be found below:
Every teacher will be formally observed at least 1 time per school year using the Danielson rubric. The first formal observation will take place prior to Christmas break. Non-tenured teachers will have an additional formal observation prior to April 15th. If receiving two formal observations, ratings from each observation will be taken into consideration when completing the final evaluation form. Informal observations are non-scheduled and can take place at any time.
It is recommended that all teachers hold a pre-observation meeting with their respective administrator prior to a formal observation. At the pre-observation meeting, the anticipated lesson, goals for the school year, questions and concerns, etc. can be discussed. For all formal observations, teachers should also plan to submit a copy of their lesson plan to their observing administrator. A post-observation meeting with the respective administrator will be held with all teachers within 10 days of the observation.
Evaluation scores also include data scores. Data comprises three categories: Local (data from Student Learning Objective(s)), National (NWEA or Advanced Placement data), and State data.
Local data is based on teacher-created and administrator-approved “Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).” More information, including a template to create SLOs, can be found here. Please note that due to COVID-19, local data will start to be available again for the 21-22 school year. There is no local data for the 19-20 or 20-21 school year. SLOs are due to building administrators on October 1st.
National Data comprises NWEA or Advanced Placement Data. Please note that other data points may be considered, as long as the data is from the national level and approved by the Evaluation Committee and/or administrator. Please see your administrator if you would like a different data set considered for your evaluation. Scores are assigned as follows:
NWEA: Data scores will be computed using the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their projected RIT growth or percentage of projected RIT met.
Advanced Placement Data (AP): Teachers teaching an Advanced Placement course have the option of using AP data in place of NWEA data. Data scores for AP will be computed as follows:
COVID-19 disrupted our ability to use state level data. For the 21-22 school year, all teachers will receive a score of 3.3 in state level data. In previous years, teachers received a 3. The increase was made so as to make it possible for a teacher to still be highly effective. The scores and score descriptors will be re-evaluated prior to the start of the 22-23 school year.
Beebee factors are included in teacher evaluations. These factors include: pedagogical skills, knowledge of subject area, classroom management, manner and efficacy of disciplining students, rapport with parents and students, ability to withstand the train of teaching, and attendance and punctuality. An overall score of satisfactory or unsatisfactory is given to teachers based on the Beebee factors. A teacher receiving an “unsatisfactory” rating in Beebee factors shall not receive higher than “minimally effective” on his or her overall evaluation. In addition, Beebee factor scores will be used in determining layoffs.
The scores received from the Danielson Observation Tool, in combination with the teacher’s data and the Beebee Factors, is what is used to determine a final, overall evaluation score. An example of a final evaluation cover sheet that outlines all components of the evaluation can be found here.