With declining state and federal
resources, schools will be reducing
personnel. SB7 requires certified staff
to be reduced via combination of
teacher performance rating and
seniority. No longer will the most
senior teacher be kept, the best
teacher will be retained if the
administrator does the performance
Reducing a veteran teacher by
performance ranking will
effectively terminate that teacher’s
Has your district trained teachers
in this new professional practice
Has your joint committee started
to discuss how your district will
handle student growth?
Are you prepared to defend your
teacher performance rating in
Even if your district has not
approved a professional practice
model start using the Danielson
Domains and Components when
you observe teaching.
Value Added Pitfalls
• Non-teacher effects may cloud the results
• Data may be inaccurate
• Student placement in classrooms is not
• Students’ previous teachers can create a halo
(or pitchfork) effect
• Teachers’ year-to-year scores vary widely
Source: November 2012 Educational Leadership Journal: Goodwin & Miller
• Majority of teachers do not teach in tested
subject areas or grades and as a result
standardized student achievement data is not
• Researchers do not agree on a valid and
reliable way to measure student growth
• This decision will jeopardize a teacher’s career
• Required Type III student growth assessment
if Joint Committee cannot agree
• Need baseline data
• Determine who to assess
• Determine rigorous target
• Aligned with CCSS or district curriculum
• Determine assessment
• Compare student growth with target
The Joint Committee
“Shall quantify the
relative importance of
each portion of the
framework to the final
Teacher A is rated Proficient for professional practice.
Teacher A receives a student growth rating of NI.
Professional practice rating: (3 X .70)= 2.1
Student growth rating: (2 X .30)=.6
Overall rating is 2.7; Teacher is Proficient.
Proficient = 2.0 to 2.9
Needs Improvement = 1.0 to 1.9
This is important because…
• Teacher needs fundamental due process
because of PERA and SB 7.
• Reduction In Force rules have changed.
• Illinois now requires four summative ratings
based on research-based rubric.
• It will be much harder to earn top rating.
• A teacher who is rated “Proficient” could
lose their career.