It is the view of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) that teachers and school leaders have the greatest influence on student learning. Since 2010, NJDOE has been working to improve educator evaluation and support. These efforts have resulted in 2012 TEACHNJ Act which mandates requirements for the new statewide educator evaluation system and links tenure decisions to evaluation ratings.
Under the current law, there is no statutory requirement that an equivalent educator evaluation system as defined in 2012 TEACHNJ Act be established for charter schools. However, an effective educator evaluation system in charter schools is required and subject to the review and approval of the Office of Charter Schools
Observation and Evaluation Management System School System Improvement (SSI) Project
Based upon research and established education evaluation practices, the iLearn Schools teacher/administrator evaluation committee developed an in-house teacher evaluation model entitled the “North Jersey Arts and Science Teacher Evaluation System”. This model is in compliance with NJDOE and OCS recommendations and also includes the use of the “dual observer” model for teacher evaluation and a support system for providing assistance when needed.
Rutgers SSI Project
School System Improvement (SSI) Project
iLearn Schools has adopted “The Stronge Leader Effectiveness Performance Evaluation System (LEPES) as the tool for administrative evaluations. The LEPES includes the following distinguishing characteristics:
It is the intent and direction of the iLearn Schools to provide a teacher and administrative evaluation system that is based on well-defined job expectations, uniform performance standards, flexibility and encouraging creativity and individual teacher and administrator initiative. Improving teacher and administrator performance simultaneously ensures that iLearn Schools is taking a comprehensive approach to raise student achievement.