New teacher evaluations set to take effect
New legislation revising the standards by which Pennsylvania public school teachers, principals and certain non-teaching professional employees are evaluated will be phased in at St. Marys Area School District and other Pa. schools beginning in the upcoming school year. Under the new law, student achievement will make up 50 percent of the educator’s overall evaluation score. Student achievement will be calculated using a combination of statewide assessments, student growth data through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, and other elective measures chosen at the local level. In addition, in the new classroom observations teachers will be evaluated based on several criteria, including planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities.