Individual teacher evaluations examine the growth and effectiveness of the participant.
In contrast, a teacher leader program evaluation looks across all activities and components to assess the program’s performance in meeting its desired outcomes for all participants, e.g. increased retention, changes in instructional practices.
Consequently, a number of differences exist between systems designed to evaluate individual teachers and systems to assess the performance of a STEM teacher leader program, including:
- Application of Findings: Findings from individual teacher evaluations can only speak to that one teacher and his/her progress and development; however, findings from a program evaluation tell you about the program overall, and its participants’ experiences.
- Sampling: To evaluate individual teachers, data on every teacher is necessary to analyze and report findings on each teacher. In contrast, to evaluate a program, only data from a representative sample of its participants is necessary.
- Compilation of Data: Data used in individual teacher evaluations are focused solely on changes in teacher-level outcomes, but for program evaluations, individual-level data is aggregated to the program level to measure changes across all participants.
How should program leaders frame what is being evaluated to participants?
It is important to distinguish between individual and program-level evaluations when communicating with participants. The graphic below shows why this messaging is important, along with information to communicate with participants.