Student Learning Pilot 2017-18

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We are thrilled to announce three new approaches to measuring student learning. In recent communications to the field, we have explained that members of RIDE’s educator evaluation team, teachers’ union leadership as well as National partners, had joined with the state education departments of six other states to form the Collaborative for Continuous Improvement of Educator Effectiveness Systems. With a purpose of examining ways to ensure that our evaluation models continue to focus on instruction and promote the growth and improvement of all educators’ practice, we decided to explore new approaches to student learning. Through this work, we endeavored to improve up our existing measures of student learning – Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) – knowing that they may not be the best approach to measure a teacher’s impact on student outcomes. Therefore, we strived for an approach that respected the diversity of all grades, subjects, and courses and was grounded in the fact that teachers have the greatest school-based impact on student learning.

As a result of several months of work, we have developed these three models that are ready to pilot for the 2017-18 school year:

  1. Embedded Practice Model
  2. Portfolio Model
  3. Student Learning Goals Model

Models Overview Document [PDF, 396 KB]


Student Learning Pilot Information

Districts choosing to participate in the pilot should be prepared to:

  • Work with its approved evaluation system contacts (i.e., District Evaluation Committees, Innovation Consortium Leadership)
  • Allow members of RIDE/the RI team to gather feedback on the process at various points during the 2017-18 school year (e.g., participation in focus groups, survey, and onsite visits)
  • Implement the selected model with fidelity
  • Communicate to RIDE a decision to pilot. Our goal is to have a couple of sites begin their pilot for the start of the 2017-18 school year. We will consider a later start date based on district readiness so that other interested districts may have the opportunity to participate in the pilot.

Teachers eligible to participate in the pilot include:

  • Tenured teachers who received a final effectiveness rating of Effective or Highly Effective on their last evaluation and who are scheduled to receive a full evaluation for the 2017-18 school year
  • Teachers who are not scheduled to receive a full evaluation for the 2017-18 school year (i.e., those in the cyclical process). These teachers will ONLY need to complete the piloted student learning component; they will not receive a final effectiveness rating during their pilot year of participation

Additionally, districts should be aware that while they may pilot all three options district-wide, individual schools within a district may only pilot one of the models. As an example, a district may decide to pilot the Portfolio Model in each of its elementary schools, the Embedded Practice Model in its middle school, and the Student Learning Goals Model in its high school. Another example could be that a district may decide to pilot only one of the models in one of its schools. Ultimately, districts will decide the extent to which they want to be participate in this pilot, if at all.

Furthermore, our Collaborative has developed a new element/component to add to the existing Professional Practice Rubric which will enable evaluators to rate teachers’ impact on student learning more holistically and more in line with the purpose of educator evaluation: to provide feedback and support to improve teaching and learning. Further information will be shared with the field on this innovative scoring approach and how it will be utilized. During the pilot, RI Model districts will continue to determine final effectiveness ratings using the points-based system. However, Non-RI Model districts may want to create a new Final Effectiveness Rating system as the existing Matrix does not align with the pilot and these new student learning models. These districts will work with RIDE for approval of an appropriate Final Effectiveness Rating system.

A letter of intent will be posted by the June 30 Field Memo. We will likely hold an information session in July for those considering being a pilot site. In order to participate in this pilot, superintendents and teacher association leadership will sign a commitment letter to indicate agreement to participate. It is our hope that you will consider being a part of this work to help determine new and better approaches to measuring student learning.

Please look out for upcoming information on training and support with these new models. And please reach out to edeval@ride.ri.gov for general questions and concerns.