Connecticut’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED)

Connecticut’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED) is a model evaluation and support system that is aligned to the Connecticut Guidelines for Educator Evaluation (Core Requirements), which were adopted by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) and inform implementation of model teacher and administrator evaluation and support systems being piloted in district throughout the state during the 2012-13 school year.

The SEED model was informed by research, including the Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) study. The MET study and other research have consistently found that no school-level factor matters more to student success than high-quality teachers. To support teachers, we need to clearly define effective practice, provide strong leadership, develop systems/practices that give accurate, useful information about strengths and development areas, and provide opportunities for growth and recognition throughout the career continuum. Connecticut’s new evaluation and support system is designed to fairly and accurately evaluate teacher and school leader performance in order to help strengthen practice to improve student learning.

Teacher Evaluation- Design Principles

The SEED model for teacher evaluation, developed in partnership with Education First, adheres to the following design principles:

Consider multiple, standards-based measures of performance
Promote both professional judgment and consistency
Foster dialogue about student learning
Encourage aligned professional development, coaching and feedback to support teacher growth
Ensure feasibility of implementation

Administrator Evaluation- Design Principles

The SEED model for administrator evaluation, developed in partnership with New Leaders, adheres to the following design principles:

Focus on what matters most
Emphasize growth over time
Leave room for judgment
Consider implementation at least as much as design

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