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As part of the federal requirements for states receiving funding under Phase 2 of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds program, all school districts in New Jersey are providing information to the public on the procedures they use to evaluate teachers and principals.  The information below will help you understand Warren Township School District's policies and procedures for evaluating teachers, education specialists such as librarians and counselors, and administrators.

 

Description of the Teacher Evaluation Process

The hiring process in Warren Township is extremely rigorous.  Often, after an initial resume screening, teacher candidates interview with more than one administrator, present a demonstration lesson, and authorize extensive reference checks before interviewing with the Superintendent.  Once hired, teachers work toward tenure for three years.  During those three years, they are formally observed three times per year.  Their performance is also evaluated annually in a summative fashion.  Once tenured, teachers are formally observed once per year and also provided with a summative annual evaluation.  All teachers' lesson plans, instructional practices, grading policies, work assignments, student achievement results, professional attitudes, and communication with parents are considered in their evaluations.  Administrators are frequently, both formally and informally, involved in observation of the learning process.  Multiple administrators evaluate each staff member.

The process of evaluating teachers serves several purposes.  First, the process assists us in making important decisions regarding continued employment.  We believe that highly skilled teachers are crucial to the learning process.  Secondly, information gleaned from teacher evaluation informs our staff development planning.  Finally, the identification of teacher strengths helps us place teachers where they can be most effective. 

In addition to a reference to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, the teacher observation model in Warren Township identifies and evaluates five key components:  Classroom management, classroom climate, instructional practices, curriculum design, and curriculum assessment.  Warren does not, at this time, incorporate evidence of student achievement in the annual formal observation.  However, learning objectives and the attainment of those objectives are discussed with and among teachers as part of the observation/evaluation process.  Warren students perform extremely well on standardized tests, as compared to students in districts similar to Warren.

School

Number of teachers meeting the district's criteria for acceptable performance

Number of teachers in total

Percent of teachers  meeting district criteria for acceptable performance

Angelo L. Tomaso

47.5

47.5

100

Central

43.5

43.5

100

Mount Horeb

44.5

44.5

100

Woodland

42.5

42.5

100

Warren Middle

83

84

98.8

Total

262

262

100

 

Description of Principal Evaluation System

The evaluation of principals and other administrators in the district is the responsibility of the superintendent.  Each non-tenured administrator is formally evaluated on three occasions throughout the year. Tenured administrators are formally evaluated once each year.  Frequent formal and informal observations of administrators include an analysis of student achievement, communication with parents, supervision of staff, leadership skills, supervision of curriculum and instruction, and contributions to the district.  Principals and administrators are formally assessed through a written narrative that includes observations of supervision and administration, leadership in instruction and curriculum, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and other accomplishments. The results of the evaluation process are used to make decisions about continued employment, placement, staff development, and district goals.

We are very proud of the staff at Warren Township Schools.  We invest much time and energy into developing our human capital and consider them to be our most valued resource.  We take great care to hire and retain only exceptional educators.  I am confident that your child's learning will be positively impacted by our fine teacher and leaders.

Number of Principals Meeting District Criteria

Number of Principals in Total

Percent of Principals Meeting District Criteria

5

5

100