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Evaluation rubric weights and key dates

On Aug. 21, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) issued a broadcast on evaluation rubric weights for the 2021-22 school year. The broadcast also lists some key dates and other reminders pertaining to evaluation.

All teacher scores will be weighted at 85% teacher practice (classroom observations) and 15% student growth objectives (SGOs). There will be no median student growth percentile (mSGP) component for educators’ scores this year because of the cancellation of last year’s NJSLA.

Except for those pertaining to mSGP, all regulations as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:10 remain in effect for the 2021-22 school year. As in previous years, districts must communicate evaluation policies and procedures to staff by Oct. 1. Professional development plans (PDPs) and corrective action plans (CAPs) must be in place by Oct. 31.

SGOs must be submitted by Oct. 31. Teachers should take care to collaborate with their supervisors to craft SGOs that are rigorous yet attainable. SGOs may be revised until Feb. 15 pursuant to the regulations.

Statewide assessment

On Aug. 25, 2021, the NJDOE released its annual broadcast on standardized assessment. The broadcast reminds districts of their annual obligations to notify parents and guardians by Oct. 1 of “any statewide assessment or commercially developed standardized assessment that will be given over the course of the school year.”

Included in the Aug. 25 broadcast is a link to the 2021-2022 statewide assessment schedule. Educators should note that, according to this schedule, the 11th grade statewide assessment is now known as the New Jersey State Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJSGPA). Additionally, 12th grade portfolio appeals, previously submitted on paper, must now be completed online. The NJDOE is expected to release further details on these changes as they become available.

As we embark on another unusual school year, the NJEA Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division (PDII) continues to monitor NJDOE’s guidance and engage in collaboration and advocacy. Members with questions or concerns should immediately reach out to their UniServ field representative and/or a member of the PDII Division.