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H417 - Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff

Policy H417: Supervision and Evaluation of Professional Staff

A systematic program of supervision and evaluation of performance tied to educational outcomes is vital to the ongoing improvement of the educational program.  The Hancock School Committee wants to ensure sufficient administrative supervision (observation and assistance) and evaluation (measurement and assessment) of teachers.  The program shall address all aspects of teaching performance and recognize that the fulfillment of student needs is of primary importance.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for development, implementation and periodic review of a comprehensive program of supervision and evaluation.  The program shall set minimum standards for the number and frequency of formal performance reviews, with the understanding that probationary teachers require closer support and more frequent performance reviews.

A.    Evaluative criteria shall be in written form and made permanently available to the teacher;

B.    Evaluations shall be made by the principal or other administrator certified for this purpose;

C.    Results of the evaluations shall be put in writing and shall be discussed with the teacher;

D.   The teacher being evaluated shall have the right to attach a memorandum to the written evaluation; and

E.    Results of all evaluations shall be kept in confidential personnel files maintained in the school office.

In keeping with the School Committee’s goal of employing the best qualified staff in the interest of student education, all teachers are expected to participate fully in the evaluation process, self-appraisal and continuous improvement of professional skills.

While supervision and evaluation policies and procedures are not negotiable in collective bargaining, the Superintendent is to seek appropriate involvement of staff in the development and periodic review of the supervision and evaluation program.

Continued, documented lack of improvement on goals identified in previous evaluations may lead to reassignment or dismissal.


Approved: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­4/10/14