Ohio Evaluation & Compensation Reform (HB 153): By July 1, 2013, the board of education of each school district in Ohio must adopt a standards-based teacher evaluation policy that conforms to the OTES framework for evaluation of teachers, with realization of the new evaluation policies to begin during the 2013-14 academic year.  Student growth accounts for 50% of teachers’ evaluations.  (See Ohio Teacher Evaluation System document for more information.)

Since music education does not have standardized tests in which to measure student growth, the school district music teachers must design assessments in order to document student growth in their classes. The school district can decide whether teachers will work collaboratively or individually to design the assessments.

On September 22-23, 2012, OMEA hosted a Teacher Evaluation Summit to design guidance materials for use by Ohio’s music teachers to navigate and transition into the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Some SLO (student learning objective) materials are now available on their “member portal” with many additional samples to be added (see http://www.omea-ohio.org/index.html).

Ohio’s April/May TRIAD will be a special focus issue devoted to Teacher Evaluation and Student Assessment.