Change in Practice in Maryland: Student Learning Objectives and Teacher and Principal Evaluation

By William J. Slotnik, Daniel Bugler, Guodong Liang

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How are principals and teachers responding to Maryland’s educator evaluation system?

This report, produced by the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd, shows that with each year of implementation of Maryland’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation (TPE) system and its Student Learning Objectives (SLO) measure, educators’ perceptions are becoming more positive, and the gap in positive perceptions between principals and teachers is narrowing.

Moreover, many principals and teachers report that they are reflecting more deeply on their own practice and, also, seeing more focused data-driven conversations about instruction in their schools or districts.

In addition to these and several other key findings, the report offers detailed recommendations for improving the quality, consistency, and manageability of ongoing TPE implementation.

The previous report from 2014, Real Progress in Maryland: Student Learning Objectives and Teacher and Principal Evaluation, is also available from the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd.

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