State budget changes teacher evaluations

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The state budget made several changes to the way teacher and principal evaluations are conducted. Changes include which measures can be used and when.

While half of a teacher's evaluation is based on performance measures, the budget decreases the weight of the student growth factor from 42.5 percent to 35 percent and permits the use of instruments from the Ohio Department of Education for the remaining 15 percent.

It is important to note that for one year only, the 2014-2015 school year, if a teacher's student growth measures were based solely on value added, the value-added results cannot be used; the evaluation will be based solely on teacher performance. This applies to all districts. For teachers whose performance was based on student growth measures other than value added, the other measures can still apply.

See additional detail about items of interest to OFT members in the state budget.