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New Evaluation Systems Provide Illinois Educators Greater Support

In 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), which changed how teachers’ and principals’ performance is measured in the state. The new evaluation systems in Illinois school districts will combine multiple measures of student growth and professional practice. The evaluations will be based on standards of effective teaching, with evaluators trained and prequalified to conduct observations, collect evidence, and provide helpful feedback in a timely way. Hand-in-hand with the new evaluations, school systems will be expected to strengthen their professional development offerings so that educators get the support they need to help their students improve.​​​

 ISBE –Approved Pre-Qualification Training for Teacher and Principal Evaluators

​ISBE-Approved Pre-qualification Training for Teacher and Principal Evaluators (“Evaluator” as set forth in Section 24A2.5 or 24A – 15 of the School Code) (“Pre-qualification” as set forth in Section 5/24A-3 of the School Code) 

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is changing the procedures and processes for Evaluator Pre-qualification. Effective Dec. 31, 2018. ISBE-approved pre-qualification training will no longer be offered via “Growth Through Learning.” Rather, the IBSE-approved evaluator pre-qualification training will be offered through the Administrators’ Academy process. Two Administrators’ Academy courses will be offered. Administrators’ Academy course #2000 will be designated for principal pre-qualification and Administrators’ Academy course #2001 for teacher pre-qualification. Those interested in becoming legally qualified to conduct evaluations of certified personnel must successfully complete one, or both, of these courses. For more information regarding registration and content of these courses, please contact your Regional Office of Education or Intermediate Service Center, or one of the following organizations: Illinois Principals Association (IPA), Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), the Illinois Education Association (IEA), or the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT.) 

Those who intend to complete evaluator pre-qualification offered by Growth Through Learning must register on or before Nov. 1, 2018, as registration will be discontinued after that date. Furthermore, those who are currently registered, taking, or planning to register for evaluator pre-qualification offered by Growth Through Learning will have until Dec. 31, 2018, to successfully complete the training program. 

Districts are reminded that they have the option of developing their own pre-qualification program. Districts choosing to develop their own pre-qualification process shall notify the State Board of Education no later than July 1 immediately preceding the school year in which the process or program will be implemented. The notification shall at least include the type of training to be offered, names of individuals presenting the training, and date upon which each school district-designed trainer completed the “train-the-trainers” program offered by, or on behalf of, the State Board of Education. (Part 50 Administrative Rule section 50.400 (c)​PDF Document)

 PERA Coach Virtual Newsletter

  • October 2018 IssuePDF Document - Part 50 Rules About Observations, Informal Observations, The Roles of the Evaluator, Pre-Observation Conferences, Post Observation Conferences, Evaluator Prequalification Update
  • April 2018 IssuePDF Document - Finding Time for Evaluation, Professional Learning Communities, Collaborative Conversations, Joint Committee Meetings in the Spring, When Evaluators Need to Take Retraining, Questions and Sharing, Additional Resources
  • January 201​8 IssuePDF Document - Learning Goals, Reflective Conversations, Questions and Sharing, and Additional Resources
  • November 2017 Issue ​PDF Document- PERA implementation requirements and best practices, timeline and evaluator retraining information
  • April 2017 Issue ​PDF Document - A continuous improvement approach
  • January 2017 Issue​​PDF Document - Annotated SLO examples and Reflective Conversations About Student Growth
  • October 2016 IssuePDF Document - evaluator certification renewal information, conducting observations, reflective conversations and time management
  • August 2016 IssuePDF Document - start of the year requirements, an evaluation timeline and time management
  • May 2016 IssuePDF Document - how to use evaluation data and sustainability 
  • April 2016 IssuePDF Document - getting ready for implementation and preparing an on-going communications plan
  • March 2016 IssuePDF Document - spotlight on two district's journey to PERA implementation
  • February 2016 IssuePDF Document - focus on optional weightings and determining Summative Ratings
  • January 2016 IssuePDF Document - continued focus on assessing student growth and student learning objectives
  • December 2015 IssuePDF Document - focus on assessing student growth
  • November 2015 IssuePDF Document - focus on developing a communication plan and evaluation teacher practice
  • October 2015 Issue​PDF Document - focus on getting started and the work of the PERA joint committee​

 PEAC Guidance Documents

General Guidance

Teachers Guidance

Administrators Guidance

​Joint Committees Guidance

School Boards Guidance

District Guidance

The resources below explain the policy and process for mandated employee evaluations.

 Technical Assistance for Initial Training Pre-Qualification

Calls are coming into CEC and ISBE about technical issues such as networks being blocked, ports not being open, content filtering that does not match the network ports as well as other environmental issues. There are also minimum requirements that are not being met by some of the computers being used for training.

Please see the documents below for more information regarding the technical issues that may need to be adjusted on a person’s computer or network for optimal use of the system.

Every person is strongly encouraged to run the System Check, confirm the version of flash player and browser they are using and to ensure their hardware accelerator is disabled (See Start-Up Guide below for directions).

If these documents do not help you please call the Growth Through Learning Help Line at 1-800-416-9734. Please leave a detailed message and include your name, phone number and e-mail address. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.​

 Evaluator Retraining Materials

Welcome to the Evaluator Retraining Materials Repository. This site is designed to be a source of materials for the Pre-approved Presenters who will be delivering Administrator Academies that qualify participants to renew their status as "evaluator." Only these pre-approved presenters may deliver the required academies, and these academies may only be provided through specific approved entities for the purpose of requalifying evaluators. 

To receive retraining credit, pre-qualified evaluators must meet state retraining requirements, including but not necessarily limited to participation in appropriate Administrator Academies and completion of all required Administrator Academy Application/Dissemination components. 

All of the materials contained herein are the sole property of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and use of these materials is limited to pre-approved presenters. 

If you are an evaluator looking to complete one of the required academies, please contact IASA, IEA, IFT, IPA or your local ROE/ISC for scheduled training dates.

Thank you.

Course Name Course Materials​
AA #1448
AA #1451
AA #1452
AA #1801
Participant Materials
​AA #3000, 3001, 3002
AA #1865

 Laws and Administrative Rules

Pera

The Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) (Senate Bill 315; Public Act 96-0861) was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by the Governor in January 2010. In summary, PERA requires, among other things, that:

  • Upon the implementation date applicable to a school district or other covered entity, performance evaluations of the principals/assistant principals and teachers of that school district or other covered entity must include data and indicators of student growth as a “significant factor”.
  • By September 1, 2012, principals, assistant principals, teachers in contractual continued service (i.e., tenured teachers) and probationary teachers (i.e., nontenured teachers) be evaluated using a four rating category system (Excellent, Proficient, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory).
  • Anyone undertaking an evaluation after September 1, 2012 must first complete a pre-qualification program provided or approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

PERA established the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) comprised of teachers, principals, superintendents and other interested stakeholders to advise ISBE on the development and implementation of improved performance evaluation systems and supports. The PEAC has been meeting monthly in Bloomington, Illinois and will continue to do so through 2017. The PEAC web page includes a substantial amount of helpful information. Recently, the PEAC has provided ISBE with recommendations for minimum standards for principal/assistant principal and teacher evaluations as well as “model” principal/assistant principal and teacher evaluations. At its November 19, 2011 meeting, and based on the recommendations of the PEAC, the ISBE approved administrative rules to be published for public comment (the “PERA Administrative Rules”). ISBE expects that the PERA Administrative Rules would take effect, with any revisions based on public comment, around February or March of 2011.

Meanwhile, from late 2010 through April 2011, education stakeholders negotiated an education reform bill that stemmed in part from PERA. The bill was Senate Bill 7 and was signed into law by the Governor on June 13, 2011. Senate Bill 7 addresses, among other things:

  • A standard upon which the State Superintendent may initiate certificate/license action against an educator for incompetency;
  • Requirements for the filling of new and vacant positions;
  • Acquisition of tenure;
  • Reductions in force/layoffs and recall rights;
  • The system for the dismissal of tenured teachers;
  • Required school board member training; and,
  • Processes related to collective bargaining and the right to strike.

This ISBE Nonregulatory Guidance document addresses questions that ISBE has received regarding various provisions of PERA and Senate Bill 7 (P.A. 97-8, effective June 13, 2011) (a trailer bill making limited changes to Senate Bill 7 was signed that same day, P.A. 97-7). This Nonregulatory Guidance: (a) does not contain all of the information you will need to comply with these laws and any related administrative rules, but is intended to allay confusion and differing interpretations in the field (b) provides ISBE’s interpretation of various statutory provisions and does not impose any requirements beyond those included in any applicable laws and regulations; and (c) does not create or confer any rights for or on any person.

For additional information about PERA or Senate Bill 7, please contact the Office of the General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education, 100 North 1st Street, Springfield, Illinois 62777. Telephone: (217) 782-8535.

If you are interested in commenting on this guidance, please email your comments to edreform@isbe.net. ISBE will continue to review this Nonregulatory GuidancePDF Document and may publish clarifications or modifications of specific sections when appropriate. The Nonregulatory Guidance and any updates to this Nonregulatory Guidance will be made available on ISBE’s website.​

Senate Bill 7​

Senate Bill 7 (Public Act 97-8) significantly changed the processes by which a tenured teacher can be dismissed. One of the most substantial modifications is the Optional Alternative Evaluative Dismissal (“OAED”) Process for PERA Evaluations, now codified at 105 ILCS 5/24-16.5. Only PERA-trained board members may participate in the vote to dismiss a teacher through this process.​

Approved Providers of OAED PERA Training for Board Members

Entity
Address Phone Approval Period
Kevin Bowman 311 Mulberry Street
Greenfield, IL 62044
(217) 368-2447 January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019
Illinois Association of School Boards 2921 Baker Street
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 528-9688 January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019
ROE SchoolWorks 200 South Frederick Street
Rantoul, IL 61866
(217) 893-4921 January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019
Kane County Regional Office of Education* 28 N. First Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-5919 January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019
Franczek Radelet* 300 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 986-0300 January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019
Consortium for Educational Change* 530 East 22nd Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 495-0507 January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019
Hauser Izzo, LLC* 19730 Governors Highway
Suite 10
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 799-6766 January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019​

Part 50

 Webinars

District Use Only

  • ISBE Evaluation Webinar - 
    • March 9, 2016: Employee Evaluations WebinarGo To Meeting Link (18:41)
      • This webinar gives an in-depth look at the school code that mandates employee evaluations, as well as explaining what scoring methodology is used, and how the information is entered into Employment Information System (EIS).​

 Archived Materials

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