Correlations for PDAS scores from year to year were moderate, and experienced teachers generally outperformed their novice peers. Data suggest a weak-to-moderate relationship between 3-year averages of teachers’ PDAS and student growth scores.
Results from the 2011-12 pilot teacher appraisal system suggest peer, administrator, and student feedback are valuable tools that can be used with Student Learning Objectives and value-added data to provide a holistic evaluation of teachers in AISD.
Austin Independent School District (AISD) Pilot Teacher Appraisal System Update: 2012-2013 Focus Group and Survey Summary
This report summarizes data gathered from focus groups and a survey designed to assess teachers’ experiences with AISD's pilot teacher appraisal system. Additional data are included regarding the timing of administrators’ classroom observations.
Results of the evaluation suggest the SLO process is related to some positive outcomes for teachers and students. However, evidence indicates a need for program refinements to address discrepancies in SLO performance by staff role and school.
The present report documents the pilot’s influence on teachers’ job satisfaction; attachment to the teaching profession, their school, and the district; data use practices; teaching efficacy; collegial experiences; and requests for transfer.
Teachers, principals, and observers had favorable attitudes toward the peer observation program in 2011-2012. Announced and unannounced observation ratings were moderately consistent, but were only slightly related to administrator ratings on PDAS.
Educators in REACH schools participated in focus groups and surveys about their experiences. Attitudes regarding the program and its elements were largely favorable, despite some challenges.