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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

CCSSO Releases Principles for Teacher Support and Evaluation Systems

Principles Offer Guidance for State Systems
Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released Principles for Teacher Support and Evaluation Systems that states can use as a guide to designing, or refining, systems that support educators.

While many states have designed and implemented new evaluation systems, passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act gives each state a valuable opportunity to take a renewed look at these systems and how they are supporting and evaluating teachers. 

"Teachers are a paramount factor in ensuring success for every child," said CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich. "State chiefs are committed to creating support and evaluation systems that help educators improve learning for all kids. With the Every Student Succeeds Act, states now have the opportunity to review the systems they have in place and ensure they are supporting students and teachers across the state."

CCSSO worked closely with stakeholders throughout the country to develop the Principles for Teacher Support and Evaluation Systems, including teachers, principals, state chiefs and expert researchers. The guidance focuses on three key principles for every support and evaluation system:

1.       Integrate teacher support and evaluation into broader efforts to develop teaching practice and improve student learning.

2.       Drive continuous improvement of teaching practice.

3.       Ensure the system is fair, credible and transparent.

Through a strong support and evaluation system, states can advance student learning by helping improve each individual teacher's practice. The principles recognize a strong system must provide teachers with meaningful feedback on their practice, foster teachers' professional growth and development throughout their career, and include evidence of student learning. 

"Missouri's educator evaluation model focuses on continuous improvement for teachers at all stages of their careers," said Missouri Commissioner Margie Vandeven. "Ultimately, we must support educators in their work to meet students' needs in the classroom."

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said, "States now have the flexibility to develop holistic evaluation systems that maintain accountability for student growth - including progress across student reporting groups - while driving decisions about professional development and promoting continuous improvement." 

For more information, and to read the principles, click here.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.