Step 5: Development, Career Paths, and Talent Management
In this step, we look at the three most critical uses of evaluation: professional development and learning, career paths, and talent management. Each of these categories has its own related action steps.
Professional development and learning: A primary use of evaluation outcomes—both during the year and for annual evaluation—is to plan for each teacher’s development and to implement those plans immediately to benefit students.
Career paths: Districts must align evaluation with career paths and related compensation, to reinforce teaching excellence, on-the-job development, leadership, and reaching more students with excellent teaching.
The criteria for entering and remaining in advanced roles on the career paths should align with the measures, weightings, sub-scores, and overall rating levels in the evaluation system.
Talent management: Savvy districts capture evaluation data for talent planning purposes: to meet the district’s talent needs, to serve many more students well, and to create a culture of excellence and opportunity for educators district-wide.
Tools used in this step are listed below. Click on the tool name to download a Word version of each tool.