Prior to 2013-14, New Jersey teachers were either rated satisfactory or unsatisfactory based on as little as one observation by an administrator. The evaluation system was revamped by TEACHNJ and now calls for at least three observations for new teachers, along with the consideration of student academic growth on local tests or quizzes and student improvement or decline on annual standardized tests.Teachers are classified as "highly effective" or "effective" if they are satisfactory and "partially effective" or "ineffective" if they are not. -NJ.COM
Therefore wherever there is an (*) you can assume the number of teachers in that category is less than 10 or falls somewhere between 0 to 9 teachers. Giving the full benefit of a doubt, the chart below replaces every (*) in the Highly Effective category (High_EFF) with a (9) representing 9 possible teachers or the maximum number from the 0-9 range. There could be as little as no teachers (0) rated highly effective if there is an * in the category. As mentioned, 9 is the maximum possible suppressed number which warrants an (*).
What are the teacher evaluations based upon? Well, according to NJ.COM, 85% of the evaluation was based on observations of local administrators directly overseeing the teachers:
“Most teachers’ evaluations were based on the following: 85 percent on observations by administrators and 15 percent on student growth on local tests, quizzes or other projects. Only about 15 percent of teachers had their scores based 55 percent on observation, 15 percent on student progress on local tests and 30 percent on students’ annual improvement on state standardized tests.” -NJ.comTo repeat--- 85% of the ratings for this teacher effectiveness scoring was assessed by school administrators where these teachers teach and not by student test scores.
A number of individuals requested a compilation of Highly Effective Teacher percentages for districts in Hudson County, New Jersey. All data is from the New Jersey Department of Education and can be directly accessed by clicking HERE.
Legend: INEFF= Ineffective Teachers; Part_EFF= Partially Effective Teachers; EFF= Effective Teachers;
|High_EFF= Highly Effective; Total= Total Number of Teachers in District; High EFF%= Percent of|
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