Increasing Reliability within The Hillsborough County School District’s Performance Evaluation Model

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All organizations need a way to measure and analyze the performance of its employees, communicate the results and provide meaningful feedback for growth. There are a variety of ways for managers to do this. In his book Performance Appraisals and Phrases for Dummies (2009), Ken Lloyd discusses a variety of models that organizations can use but he emphasizes the key to any successful appraisal system is that should be as unique to the corporation as possible. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) recently implemented a new evaluation model. The newly adopted model aims to be holistic in nature and includes several of the tools mentioned by Lloyd (employee self-appraisal, journaling, and paired comparison analysis and essay method). Kriete, a teacher with HCPS summed up the difficulty in creating a performance evaluation model for educators,
Quality teaching is much more difficult to quantify than sales, service, or customer satisfaction. I believe there are so many variables in every class, school, course, and in every student, that evaluating effective teaching is much more difficult than evaluating corporate performance. (Goodland & Kriete, 2012, para. 22)
A Call for Change
HCPS is the largest employer in the Tampa Bay Metro area. It is the eight largest school district in the nation and employs over 10,000 teachers. Prior to the 2010/2011 school year, administrators relied upon the Florida Performance Measurement System (FPMS) to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers. Under that system, one third of educators in the 2007/2008 school year received perfect scores, indicating no need for improvement. A full 99.5% of educators were marked as “satisfactory” or “outstanding” (Marshall, 2010). If our teachers were doin...

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