The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted regulations detailing the various requirements for implementing the new teacher and principal evaluation requirements under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), 105 ILCS 5/24A. The new rules require that school districts provide principals and assistant principals with written notice of the new principal evaluation process by the first student attendance day of the school year. This notice, which may be distributed electronically, must notify each principal and assistant principal that a performance evaluation will be conducted, and must include a copy of the rubric(s) that will be used to rate student growth and professional practice. The notice must also include a summary explaining how student growth and professional practice measures will be used to rate the principals and assistant principals using the four performance evaluation ratings.
The regulations also include similar requirements for notifying teachers of the new teacher evaluation process. These notification requirements, however, do not become effective until a district’s PERA implementation date. The implementation date is when the district is required to implement the new teacher evaluation system under PERA. The PERA implementation date for most schools is September 2016. Accordingly, the notification requirements that most districts must comply with at the start of the 2012-2013 school year only apply to principals and assistant principals.
The regulations further require that, no later than October 1 of this school year, the evaluator must meet with each principal and assistant principal to set the student growth measurement models and targets to be used in the evaluation and to establish the principal’s or assistant principal’s professional growth goals.