Original Date: 08/08/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Performance Appraisal
The Stafford County Schools use two models - the Professional Growth Model and the Accountability Model - to evaluate its professional staff, teachers, counselors, librarians, and non-technical specialists and to promote professional growth.
The Professional Growth Model is used to evaluate staff members who have achieved continuing contract status and professional staff members exempt from the Professional Accountability Model. The benefits in the application of the model are its flexibility, individuality, and open-ended characteristics. The components of the model are goal setting, strategies, activities, a time line, and the evaluation criteria. One unique aspect of this model in the educational environment is the application of the characteristics individually or as a team. Items that may be included in the Professional Growth Plan are college credits, professional conferences, peer observations, publications, mentorship programs, and professional activities.
The Professional Accountability Model is applied to staff members during their first year in the school system, any staff member who chooses to use it, or if it is recommended by the evaluator. It is also applied to probationary professional staff members. This model ensures that professional staff members understand and are supportive of Division and school objectives. The model is comprised of four components - Observation, Objectives, Professional Responsibility, and Evaluation Report and Conference. Under Observation, the evaluator (immediate supervisor) will visit the teacher's classroom three times during the school year in October, December, and March. The visit may be announced or unannounced, and it must consist of a full class period or a complete activity. A staff member with no previous experience is not required to develop an objective; however, all other professional staff are required to develop one objective that is mutually agreed upon between the professional staff member and the evaluator.
The personnel improvement and evaluation process promotes personal and professional growth so that the teaching and learning process and services available to the students will be more effective.
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