NCTQ Report: Movement Away from Student Test Results in Evaluations

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) shows that since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), some states have moved away from including student test results in principal, teacher evaluations.

From Education Dive’s article:

Following No Child Left Behind’s strict requirements for education accountability systems, ESSA returned much of the control to the states. In addition to legal challenges over linking test scores to teacher evaluation results, education researchers also raised questions about the validity of such systems, according to a report last year from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at Arizona State University.

For principals specifically, the NCTQ report shows nine states and the District of Columbia (DC) dropped the requirement that evaluations include “an objective measure of student growth,” while Texas added such a requirement. Six states and DC have stopped requiring annual evaluations of principals, while Massachusetts moved to an annual model.

The NEPC report suggests that when states allow various types of teacher evaluation systems, concerns rise over adequate training of administrators.