• Effectiveness: Latest Updates and Events

     

    UPDATE: October 16, 2017
    As a reminder, the deadline for teachers to electronically submit their SLO Learning Target or SLO Exemption request is Friday, October 27th. Teachers need to fill in the appropriate SLO form in TSS and attach the Excel file with their student population. Without an approved exemption, teachers must have an approved SLO Learning target and submit their student data in the appropriate electronic system. Failure to do so results in a score of "25" (out of 100 possible points) on the SLO Component of their SY 2017-18 evaluation.
     
    Resources and a voiced-over powerpoint are available in Blackboard (TSS) if teachers or administrators have any questions. If there are specific questions not addressed by these resources, please work with your SLO Ambassador.
     
    Teachers should not wait until the deadline unless they have to due to when they will have the baseline data needed for their SLO Learning Target. It is to their benefit to enter and upload the information as soon as they are able to. Anyone who experiences technical difficulties should immediately email SLOTech@bcps.k12.md.us.  
     
     
     
    UPDATE: September 21, 2017
    The following web pages provide the details surrounding the 2017-18 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation. These details will help teachers establish goals and develop their plan for their professional growth and realizing greater student achievement in their classrooms. Refinements to guidance and resources related to teacher evaluations have been driven in large part by our collaborative discussions with the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU); it is with the input of all stakeholders that we can better understand and support strong instructional practice that improves student learning. 
     

    The 2017-18 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation maintains the components and weights teachers have experienced since 2014-15 and include classroom observations, professional expectations, a school performance measure (SPM), and student learning objectives (SLOs). It is important to note that the evaluation process and timeline, as outlined in the BTU contract, have not changed. 

    Our goal is to provide frequent communication and bring clarity, support and guidance to give you the ability to grow as a professional. We will communicate any updates as they become available and want to remind teachers to familiarize themselves with the information and resources included here. We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication and welcome your voice in this collaborative process moving forward. The easiest and best way to ask questions, express concerns, provide ideas or let us know when things are working well is to email effectiveness@bcps.k12.md.us

    Remember to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

     

    UPDATE: July 28, 2017 

     
    Additional Teacher Evaluation Feedback Session: Sign Up Link Available Below!

    Based on feedback from teacher participants in our July feedback sessions, we will be hosting an additional focus group opportunity in August for interested teachers who were not able to attend. This is an opportunity to continue to reflect and gather feedback on current evaluation practices, and we are excited to hear from our teachers' experience!

    Please click on the link below in order to register for the August feedback session:
    Due to room capacity, space is limited to the first 40 participants who register. We look forward to opportunities to continue this conversation into the school year!
     
     

     

    UPDATE: June 28, 2017 
     
    Teacher Evaluation Feedback Sessions: Sign Up Links Available Below!

    In anticipation of the potential impact Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may have on teacher evaluations – and to continue to reflect and gather feedback on current practices – we will facilitate a feedback session each day during the week of July 17th.

    Please click on the link below for the feedback session that you are interested in:
    • Monday, July 17th: 2:00-4:00pm
    • Tuesday, July 18th*: 9:30-11:30am
    • Wednesday, July 19th*: 12:00-2:00pm
    • Thursday, July 20th: 2:00-4:00pm
    • Friday, July 21st cancelled on July 17th due to lack of sign-ups.
    *Feedback sessions for principals to discuss their role and experience as evaluators are available on Tuesday and Wednesday.
     
    Space is limited for each session, so please sign up as soon as possible!
     
     
     
    UPDATE: June 15, 2017 
     
    Teacher Evaluation Feedback Sessions

    Teacher focus groups have been pulled together since the initial launch of the Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation in SY 2013-14 to discuss various evaluation components. This level of feedback has strengthened the contents and implementation of teacher evaluations, and we are excited to connect with evaluation stakeholders again to continue this critical conversation.

     In anticipation of the potential impact Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may have on teacher evaluations – and to continue to reflect and gather feedback on current practices – we will facilitate a feedback session each day during the week of July 17th.

     Please bookmark this Announcements page on our Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation webpage on CSI, and check back in for updated logistic information. We will post feedback session locations and registration links. 

    We hope that you can join us! Your input will help guide how we plan for and provide support to our teachers across the district.

     
     
    UPDATE: March 21, 2017 
     

    Submitting Final Student Learning Objective (SLO) Student Data

    BTU employees with classroom teacher job titles have one SLO as a component of their SY 2016-17 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation. This component makes up 35% of the total evaluation.

    To ensure that teachers have time to submit their final SLO student data into TSS after the close of the testing window, TSS will remain open until 11:59pm on Monday, March 27 for teachers to electronically submit their data.

     
    Please review the following Teacher Tips to help you meet this deadline:

    1.       Gather your SLO Learning Target information. Go back to your saved documents and review the content, target, and student population of your SLO. If you did not save these documents in the Fall, please email your Principal or SLO Ambassador immediately for support accessing these documents from TSS.

    2.       Review the resources and training presentation in TSS. There is a training presentation that teachers must review in TSS prior to submitting their student data. This and other resources are available to you and should be reviewed prior to your submission of your student data.

    3.       Start your SLO Data Submission form in TSS. Prior to having your students’ final data for your SLO, you can use the word document planning template or begin filling in the TSS form to get started. Information like the learning content, assessment, and original learning target can be entered now. Please remember to click SAVE so that you can continue to make edits in TSS.

    4.       Update your Teacher SLO Data Submission Excel template while you assess your students. Depending on the type of assessment used for your SLO, we encourage teachers to enter their students’ results into their Teacher SLO Data Submission Excel form as they go. This is especially encouraged for teachers who chose TRC for their SLO.

    5.       Enter and submit your SLO student data in TSS for scoring by Monday, March 27, 2017. Teachers who do not meet their responsibilities related to the SLO process will receive a score of 25 on the SLO component of their 2016-17 evaluation.

     

    Please continue to reach out to your SLO Ambassador and review the resources on TSS for support. If you have technology-related questions, please email SLOTech@bcps.k12.md.us

     

     
     
    UPDATE: October 24, 2016 
    Teacher SLO Deadlines and Next Steps

    BTU employees with classroom teacher job titles have one SLO as a component of their SY 2016-17 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation. This component makes up 35% of the total evaluation.

    Due to technical barriers for teachers when trying to access the Teacher SLO Org in TSS, the deadline for teachers to submit their SLO or their SLO exemption request in TSS has been extended to 11:59pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.

     As of end of the day Friday, the TSS/Blackboard system is online. Teachers should take the next steps:

    1.Go to www.bcpss.org and select the login icon for immediate access. If teachers receive an error message, follow the instructions below for clearing their browser cache:  Internet Explorer  Chrome

    2.Use the word document planning template and Excel data form for planning and finalizing your teacher SLO. These resources are available on TSS and hyperlinked above. Please make sure to save all documents related to your SY 2016-17 SLO.

    3.Enter and submit your SLO learning target or exemption request in TSS by Thursday, October 27, 2016. As a reminder, teachers who do not have an approved SLO Learning Target OR SLO Exemption request in the appropriate electronic system will receive a score of “25” on the SLO component of their SY 2016-17 evaluation. The first step in this process is for teachers to submit the appropriate SLO form in TSS by the deadline for review and response.

     Please continue to reach out to your SLO Ambassador and review the resources on TSS for support. If you have technology-related questions, please email SLOTech@bcps.k12.md.us

     

     

    UPDATE: September 21, 2016
    The following web pages provide the details surrounding the 2016-17 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation. These details will help teachers establish goals and develop their plan for their professional growth and realizing greater student achievement in their classrooms. Refinements to guidance and resources related to teacher evaluations have been driven in large part by our collaborative discussions with the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU); it is with the input of all stakeholders that we can better understand and support strong instructional practice that improves student learning. 
     
     

    The 2016-17 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation maintains the components and weights teachers have experienced since 2014-15 and include classroom observations, professional expectations, a school performance measure (SPM), and student learning objectives (SLOs). It is important to note that the evaluation process and timeline, as outlined in the BTU contract, have not changed.

    Our goal is to provide frequent communication and bring clarity, support and guidance to give you the ability to grow as a professional. We will communicate any updates as they become available and want to remind teachers to familiarize themselves with the information and resources included here. We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication and welcome your voice in this collaborative process moving forward. The easiest and best way to ask questions, express concerns, provide ideas or let us know when things are working well is to email effectiveness@bcps.k12.md.us

    Remember to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!