Missouri Board of Education OKs pilot of new Educator Evaluation System

The Missouri Board of Education approved a one-year pilot project of Missouri’s new Educator Evaluation System for the 2012-2013 school year.

The new system focuses on the improvement of effective educational practices and the professional development of teachers, principals and school superintendents, according to a news release. The Educator Evaluation System fulfills part of Goal 3 of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Educations’s Top 10 by 20 initiative, which states that Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.

The Top 10 by 20 initiative is the state plan to launch Missouri into the top 10 states by 2020.

Schools districts across the state will have the opportunity to participate in the 2012-2013 pilot project and can register online to receive more information. Regional training sessions will be offered this fall to all districts. Once the pilot project is complete, the system will be further refined based on feedback from the field testing, with the resulting system available for use by districts starting with the 2013-2014 school year.

“The Educator Evaluation System is the culmination of many partners’ and educational stakeholders’ work over the course of the past few years,” Karla Eslinger, assistant commissioner in the Office of Educator Quality at the department, stated in the release. “The effort has been a true collaboration and we strongly encourage continued feedback from educators across the state on this new system as we continue to make improvements throughout the pilot year. Our goal is to provide quality developmental experiences for all Missouri educators.”

The initial work on the system’s standards and indicators was completed by numerous stakeholders including educators, partner organizations, school districts and educator preparation programs. During the 2011-2012 school year, 174 school districts tested these components and provided feedback to finalize the first version of the Educator Evaluation System.

The pilot version of the Educator Evaluation System was presented to the State Board of Education at its June meeting yesterday — June 19 — and is available for review on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at


Initial training on the system will take place at the department’s annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators in July.