MODEL SELECTED BY BLACK HORSE PIKE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
The New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force published a document in March 2011, proposing a series of changes centered on teacher and principal evaluation systems. As a result, the New Jersey Department of Education has affirmed that recommendation by mandating school districts change the way they evaluate teachers and principals by September 2013. As a reaction to this mandate, we acted accordingly, developing a leadership committee and investigating our options.Selecting an evaluation model is just the first step in this organizational change. In late August 2012, Stronge model associates provided professional development to our administrators, supervisors, and teacher leaders (12). In 2013-2014, the number of observations had changed from one to three formal observations for both tenured and non-tenured employees. Since then, new documentation was released and now, tenured teachers are observed twice and non-tenured teachers are observed three times according to Achieve New Jersey.
Teachers and Educational Specialists have been using the web-based Stronge model platform called OASYS. All pre-conferences, observations, and post-conferences have been scheduled through this web-based system. Every certificated employee has been provided access to the system and the system is designed for maximum confidentiality and collaboration, when and where appropriate. Again, professional development has been afforded to teachers and administrators throughout the school year and in the summer.