NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: JANUARY 20, 2012


Beginning today, North Carolinians will have access to information on the effectiveness of teachers and principals in their local schools. This information is available as a link from the NC School Report Cards,, and is accessible from each school or district's Quality Teachers or Quality Teachers and Administrators tab.

This is the first time that summary information about educator evaluation ratings has been included in the Report Cards. Since 2001, the annual NC School Report Cards have provided a one-stop resource for a variety of data on public schools and student performance.

"Quality teachers and principals make all the difference to students and their learning," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "That is why we developed this new evaluation system to focus on improving teacher and principal practices and providing support for professional growth. Teachers and principals were involved extensively in the development of this evaluation system, and I am pleased that we are ready to share our first set of results."

Teacher and administrator performance data will show the ratings of teachers by school and by district, and administrators by district. Individual educators' ratings will not be publicly reported. In keeping with standard confidentiality practices, the report will not display results if fewer than five teachers in a school or five administrators in a district were evaluated in a particular category.

Data are included to show the following measures:

  • For each school, the number and percentage of teachers who received each of the five possible ratings on the five standards.
  • For each school district, the number and percentage of teachers who received each of the five possible ratings on the five standards.
  • For each school district, the number and percentage of school administrators who received the five possible ratings on the seven standards.

The North Carolina Educator Evaluation system measures teachers on leadership, their success in establishing a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, knowledge of their content area or the subject they teach, how they facilitate learning for students and how they reflect on their practice. School principals and assistant principals are evaluated on their leadership in all seven areas, including strategic planning, instruction, school culture, human resource management, managerial skills, community engagement, and internal staff management.

Ratings are given in five categories:

  • not demonstrated (lowest rating);
  • developing (has not yet demonstrated competence in standard);
  • proficient (demonstrates basic competence of the standard);
  • accomplished (exceeds basic competence on the standard most of the time); and
  • distinguished (consistently and significantly exceeds basic expectations on the standard).

North Carolina's Educator Evaluation System is a performance system designed to encourage and recognize that teachers and administrators grow and develop their knowledge and skills over time. As a result, it is expected that teachers in a school would be distributed across the performance categories.

This year, the data do not include all teachers but only teachers in their first three years and tenured teachers whose licenses were up for renewal. As a result, it should not be a surprise to parents and others that their schools' information may include a number of teachers who have not reached the highest levels of performance.

In 2011-12 and forward, all teachers and administrators will be evaluated annually, and the data reported in 2012 will show a more complete picture of overall performance.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.