How do successful education systems use evaluation systems to strengthen educator impact and school development? Darling-Hammond's book, Empowered Educators, provides insight.
Feedback is frequent.
Evaluation systems take on a developmental quality.
Evaluation systems are focused on continual improvement, based on standards and tied to professional learning opportunities. In some systems, educators provide feedback for other teachers.
Goal setting and learning plans are part of the evaluation process, and support is often identified during the evaluation process. In all, educators reported greater satisfaction when appraisal and feedback impacted classroom instruction. In Finland, the evaluation process is less formal and more integrated into ongoing school teaching/learning. This is considered more "steering" than on accounting and often includes a conversation.
Evaluations and feedback are linked to professional learning opportunities. These opportunities in successful education organizations are typically part of the daily routine for teachers rather than conferences.
In all the evaluation system supports teacher teacher development and growth. And, professional learning in these organizations is professional where educators have significant autonomy, responsibility and professional respect. Structures for advancement in these countries limit teacher turnover.