Improving Student Results Through Educator Evaluation Systems


May 23, 2014


Portrait of Hella Bel Hadj Amor
Education Northwest Researcher Hella Bel Hadj Amor

When done well, educator evaluation systems can lead to increased student learning and success. That’s according to Education Northwest Researcher Hella Bel Hadj Amor who is serving as the host of this week’s free REL Northwest webinar on implementing educator evaluation and support systems.

Before coming to Education Northwest, Bel Hadj Amor worked with DC Public Schools where educator evaluation systems were a major part of her efforts. At the time, the district was introducing a value-added model, which compares current student test scores to their scores in previous years while adjusting for student characteristics as one of the measures of an educator’s contribution to student success. “They wanted someone who could understand the research,” she says of her role.

According to Bel Hadj Amor, a way to improve student outcomes is by treating teachers as professionals and identifying appropriate supports for them to be as successful as possible. An effective educator evaluation system will differentiate between teachers who are already performing at a high level and those who need help to get there.

Systems that work well rely on educators to understand the needs of their students very well and identify the best strategies to help them learn.
—Hella Bel Hadj Amor

Bel Hadj Amor notes that creating and implementing systems is a highly collaborative process that should involve educators, supervisors, school professionals, and other stakeholders, and that new adopters should monitor what they are doing as early as possible during implementation in order to make corrections in a timely manner.

The free REL Northwest Implementing Educator Evaluation and Support Systems webinar takes place Wednesday, May 28 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (PST). Presenters include Dan Goldhaber, director of the Center for Education Data & Research at University of Washington Bothell; and Michelle Hudacsko, deputy chief of the District of Columbia Public Schools’ IMPACT performance assessment system.