Teacher Evaluation Pilot
Student Learning FAQ

Obtain guidance about developing student learning goals through the exemplars created for teachers at elementary, middle and high schools.

  1. What do I need to do first?

    All educators submit two Student Learning goals for review by November 1. A "Distinguished" rating requires that at least one collaborative goal is accomplished by May 15.

  2. Why do I submit two goals?

    Federal requirements necessitate that student learning be evaluated using multiple measures. Having two goals facilitates meeting federal requirements with a minimum of two measures.

  3. What measures may I use to assess progress of student learning?

    A variety of measures may be used, including both published and teacher-created assessments; however, all measures must meet three essential criteria: They must include two data points, be rigorous, and comparable across classrooms.

  4. How do I choose the two data points?

    Student learning goals must span an academic year, semester or quarter. May 15, 2012, is the final date to submit evidence of student learning.

  5. May I use WESTEST II data as a measure of progress toward student learning?

    WESTEST II data may be used to identify an area to be addressed by a student learning goal; however, WESTEST II data will not be available by the May 15, 2012, deadline and so may not be identified as either of the two data points. WESTEST II data will be used to calculate the school wide growth measure for five percent of the overall summative performance rating.

  6. What evidence do I need to show that my student learning goal is collaborative?

    Collaboration is broadly defined. Collaboration may mean having the same goal for all teachers on a grade- or department-level team. Collaboration could also be consulting with a colleague or specialist. Simply describe how collaboration is used to accomplish a student learning goal.

  7. How will my evaluator assess my performance on Student Learning?

    Evaluators refer to the Student Learning rubric to identify a performance level based on the evidence collected for both goals. Evaluators make judgments using preponderance of the evidence as with other critical standard elements.

  8. Do I have to achieve my goals for my performance to be assessed at the Accomplished level?

    Student learning goals do not necessarily have to be met completely. For the Accomplished performance level, the Student Learning rubric states that "Evidence from multiple measures consistently validates progress of student learning…." However, Distinguished performance requires both goals being fully met.

  9. Do student learning goals have to align with the school's strategic plan?

    Student learning goals could align with the strategic plan; however, teachers, especially those in non-tested subjects, have the opportunity to identify measures for monitoring progress of student learning for their specific content.

  10. How will I know if my student learning goal is rigorous?

    Student learning goals accomplished through instruction based on the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives and Next Generation Standards are all defined as rigorous for evaluation purposes. The span of an academic year, semester, or quarter ensures sufficient time to accomplish rigorous goals.