The Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is a comprehensive process that evaluates the performance of teachers in the Hawaii State Department of Education to determine how to best target supports for teacher growth and improvement. The Department developed and refined the EES over the course of 12 months of planning and a two-year pilot. The model has been further refined based on data and input collected from stakeholders during statewide implementation from the 2013-14 through 2015-16 school years. Driven by the Department’s beliefs about the value and importance of continuous improvement, the EES provides teachers with constructive feedback and structures of support throughout the school year.
Research has shown that highly effective teachers have a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor. The EES aims to improve student and system outcomes by providing all teachers with the support they need to succeed. When teachers excel, students will thrive.
Professionals require evaluation systems that provide fair, transparent, equitable, and comprehensive feedback about their performance. The EES uses multiple measures, when possible, to give teachers the best information available and guard against misguided or subjective judgments. The EES provides tools and data to help teachers become more effective. The EES supports teacher development by:
--Clarifying Expectations – To be effective, teachers and administrators must have a clear understanding of what constitutes successful teaching/system improvement. The multiple EES measures and performance rubrics will identify areas of strength and improvement for our teachers.
--Providing Feedback – The EES provides sources of regular feedback to teachers. Feedback is essential to learning and improvement. Under the EES, teachers receive feedback and opportunities for collegial discussion about their data multiple times throughout the school year.
--Driving Professional Development – The EES data will help leaders determine what support teachers need, the best way to allocate resources, and what instructional approaches/structures work best. Providing specific feedback to teachers allows them to set goals and seek professional development aligned with their needs.
--Valuing Collaboration – Collaboration among teachers is critical. It builds common expectations of student and system outcomes and allows teachers to share best practices. The EES helps facilitate collaboration within schools and between schools by providing a common language and data set to use when talking about teacher practice, student achievement, school improvement, and system change. The Department encourages leveraging existing cooperative structures like data teams, professional learning communities, departments, instructional leadership teams, and grade level teams to help teachers interpret the components of EES.