A comprehensive approach to educator performance and development is essential to ensuring that Maine schools have quality teachers and leaders.
There are many factors that influence the ability of children to thrive in school. As researchers and educators attempt to identify the major influences on children’s learning, one fact remains clear: every child deserves excellent teachers and building principals.
The implementation of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems places a premium on developing viable processes that identify, maximize, support, and maintain excellence among teachers and principals. By utilizing multiple measures, educators are evaluated on professional practice and student outcomes with professional growth is at the forefront of these systems. PEPG systems also encourage utilizing data for goals setting, peer feedback, and ongoing reflection to improve teaching practices.
The Maine DOE offers information and support materials for the implementation and refinement of PEPG systems.
Updates to Educator Effectiveness Law - April 2019
On April 11, 2019, Governor Mills signed a law that makes important changes to Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems. The new law will go into effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends. Chapter 27, An Act to Amend Educator Evaluation Requirements, includes a number of changes.
- Under the new law, school administrative units may choose to identify and include student learning and growth measures that they deem valuable in summative effectiveness ratings, but they are no longer required to do so. This section of the law goes into effect September 1, 2021.
- SAUs must ensure or reconfigure their steering committee membership, such that a majority are teachers who are chosen by a representative of the applicable collective bargaining unit. This goes into effect on September 19, 2019.
- The law states that, “revisions to the performance evaluation and professional growth system made by the steering committee must be reached by consensus.”
Educator Effectiveness Coordinator
Maine Department of Education