Education - Administration - Public Educator Evaluation Requirements (PEER)

Published: 2021-11-26

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R277. Education, Administration.
R277-531. Public Educator Evaluation Requirements (PEER).
R277-531-1. Authority and Purpose.
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;
(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law;
(c) Subsections 53E-3-501(1)(a)(i) and (ii), which require the Board to establish rules and minimum standards for the qualification and certification of educators and for required school administrative and supervisory services; and
(d) Section 53G-11-504, which directs that the Board adopt rules to guide school district employee evaluations.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to provide a statewide educator evaluation system framework that includes required Board directed expectations and components and additional school district determined components and procedures to ensure the availability of data about educator effectiveness.
(3) The process shall:
(a) focus on the improvement of high quality instruction and improved student achievement;
(b) include common data that can be aggregated and disaggregated to inform Board and school district decisions about retention, preparation, recruitment, and improved professional learning practices; and
(c) ensure school districts engage in a consistent process statewide of educator evaluation.
R277-531-2. Definitions.
(1) "Educator" means an individual licensed under Section 53E-6-201 and who meets the requirements of Rule R277-301.
(2) "Educator Evaluation Program" means a school district's process, policies, and procedures for evaluating an educator's performance according to the educator's various assignments.
(3) "Formative evaluation" means an evaluation that provides an educator with information and assessments on how to improve the educator's performance.
(4) "Instructional quality data" means data acquired through observation of an educator's instructional practices.
(5) "Joint educator evaluation committee" means the local committee described under Section 53G-11-506 that develops and assesses a school district evaluation program.
(6) "School administrator" means an educator:
(a) serving in a position that requires a Utah Educator License with an Administrative area of concentration; and
(b) who supervises Level 2 educators.
(7) "Summative evaluation" means an evaluation that is used to make annual decisions or ratings of an educator's performance and may inform decisions on salary, confirmed employment, personnel assignments, transfers, or dismissals.
(9) "Utah Effective Educator Standards" means:
(a) the Effective Teaching Standards established in Section R277-530-5;
(b) the Educational Leadership Standards established in Section R277-530-6; and
(c) the Educational School Counselor Standards established in Section R277-530-7.
(10) "Valid and reliable measurement tool" means an instrument that has proved consistent over time and uses non-subjective criteria that require minimal interpretation.
R277-531-3. Public Educator Evaluation Framework.
(1) The Board provides the public education evaluation framework described in this section, which includes general evaluation system areas and additional discretionary components required in a school district's educator evaluation system.
(2) A school district shall:
(a) have a joint educator evaluation committee;
(b) base the school district's educator evaluation system on the Utah Effective Educator Standards in Rule R277-530;
(c) establish and articulate performance expectations individually for all licensed school district educators;
(d) use valid and reliable measurement tools including, at a minimum:
(i) observations of instructional quality;
(ii) evidence of student growth;
(iii) parent and student input; and
(iv) other indicators as determined by the school district;
(e) provide an annual rating of educator performance using uniform statewide terminology and definitions, and include summative and formative components;
(f) direct the revision or alignment of all related school district policies, as necessary, to be consistent with the school district Educator Evaluation System;
(g) use valid, reliable, and research-based measurements that shall:
(i) employ a variety of measurement tools;
(ii) measure student growth for educators;
(iii) provide evaluation for non-instructional licensed educators and administrators; and
(h) provide both formative and summative evaluation data.
(3) A school district may consider data gathered from tools to inform decisions about employment and professional learning.
(4) A school district shall discuss and protect the confidentiality of educator data in the evaluation process.
(5)(a) A school district evaluation system shall provide for clear and timely notice to educators of the components, timelines, and consequences of the evaluation process; and
(b) A school district evaluation system shall provide for timely discussion with evaluated educators to include professional growth plans as required in Rule R277-500 and evaluation conferences.
(6) A school district evaluation system shall provide support for instructional improvement, including:
(a) assessing the professional learning needs of educators; and
(b) identifying educators who do not meet expectations for instructional quality and providing support as appropriate at the school district level, which may include providing educators with mentors, coaches, and specialists in effective instruction, and setting timelines and benchmarks to assist educators toward greater improved instructional effectiveness and student achievement.
(7) A school district evaluation system shall maintain records and documentation of required educator evaluation information.
(8) A school district evaluation system shall require the evaluation of all licensed educators at least once a year in accordance with Section R277-533.
(9) A school district evaluation system shall provide at least an annual rating for each licensed educator, including teachers, school administrators, and other non-teaching licensed positions, using Board-directed statewide evaluation terminology and definitions.
(10) A school district evaluation system shall include the following specific educator performance criteria:
(a) school district-determined instructional quality measures;
(b) complete integration of student academic growth score; and
(c) other measures as determined by the school district, including data required from student or parent input.
(11) A school district evaluation system shall identify potential employment consequences, including discipline and termination, if an educator fails to meet performance expectations.
(12) A school district evaluation system shall include a review or appeals procedure for an educator to challenge the process of a summative evaluation that provides for adequate and timely due process for the educator consistent with Subsection 53G-11-508(2).
(13) A school district may include additional components in its evaluation system.
(14) A local board of education shall review and approve its school district's proposed evaluation systems in an open meeting prior to the local board's submission to the Board.
(15) A school district shall report educator effectiveness data to the Superintendent annually, on or before June 30.
R277-531-4. Board Support and Monitoring of LEA Evaluation Systems.
The Superintendent, under supervision of the Board, shall:
(1) develop a model educator evaluation system that includes performance expectations consistent with this rule;
(2) evaluate and recommend tools and measures for use by school districts as they develop and initiate their local educator evaluation systems; and
(3) annually monitor 25% of the school districts' evaluation systems.
R277-531-5. Compensation.
(1) A school district shall implement an employee compensation system, no later than the 2018-19 school year, that is aligned to the school district's educator evaluation system.
(2) An educator's annual advancement on an adopted salary schedule shall be based primarily upon an evaluation system that differentiates among four levels of performance as described in Section 53G-11-507 and R277-533, unless the educator:
(a) is a provisional educator; or
(b) is in the first year of an assignment, including a new subject, grade level, or school.
KEY: educators, evaluations, requirements
Date of Last Change: November 26, 2021
Notice of Continuation: June 4, 2021
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-501(1)(a)(i); 53E-3-401(4)