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The following resources have been used to support districts and charters as they implement a number of strategies to improve student achievement. If you would like additional information on how these resources could be used in your district, please contact a member of your area's Service Support Team.


What guidance has been given on how to conduct sensitive data conversations with teachers?

How are teachers using their teacher value-added and teacher diagnostic reports?

How is the school and/or district using EVAAS reports to make data-driven decisions?



How to Use the EVAAS Teacher Value-Added Reports to Improve Student Progress, (doc, 45kb) : This SAS/EVAAS guide provides administrators and other instructional leaders with activities and specific instructions to guide them through sensitive and crucial conversations about teacher value-added data.

The Principal Dialogue: This activity provides the five questions administrators should ask teachers to help them reflect on their EVAAS data in a constructive and effective manner.

EVAAS eLearning Modules: These new modules can be accessed by clicking on the titles under eLearning tab on the top right of the EVAAS page after you log in. These modules explain in very clear and concise language how EVAAS measures student growth, provides an explanation of the differences and similarities between the URM and MRM methods of reporting, and give clear, specific direction on how to read the teacher value-added and teacher diagnostic reports.

Myths Debunked Document, (pdf, 255kb): This word document addresses myths about the data gleaned from EVAAS value-added reports

NOTE: These questions and resources were designed to give school leaders support in having conversations with teachers about EVAAS.


How are instructional personnel, district level administrators, site-based administrators, and instructional personnel supporting the implementation of professional development? (level 3)

How are organizational structures changing as a result of professional development? (level 3)

How is your LEA/Charter measuring use of new knowledge and skills gained through professional development ? (level 4)

How is your LEA/Charter measuring student outcomes as a result of professional development ? (level5)

What steps does your LEA/Charter need to take to ensure you are reaching all levels of professional development evaluation?



8 Smooth Steps - Solid Footwork Makes Evaluation of Staff Development a Song, (pdf, 315kb): This article by Killion, published by the National Staff Development Council, provides 8 steps all instructional leaders should consider as they evaluate professional development.

Evaluating Professional Development Article, (txt, 175kb): According to Thomas Guskey, "Just as we urge teachers to plan carefully and make ongoing assessments of student learning an integral part of the instructional process, we need to make evaluation an integral part of the professional development process." This article provides insight into how to evaluate your professional development with fidelity.

Guskey's Five Critical Levels of Professional Development Implementation, (pdf, 16kb): This table provides questions to be asked, methods of gathering information, what is measured per each level, and how to use data to make crucial decisions.

Guskey Level 3 Jigsaw Resources for Administrators, (pdf, 34kb):This activity was designed for large groups of administrators to develop a better understanding of how Guskey's Level 3 relates to their administrative roles and how they can support the professional development efforts of their teachers.

NSDC Evaluation Guide, (pdf, 459kb): This guide, prepared by the National Staff Development Council, urges the planners of professional development evaluation to use this guide to inform evaluation design and to make choices among design options and data collection strategies that will add rigor while, at the same time, recognizing limits in capacity and resources


NOTE: These questions and resources were designed to give school leaders support in having conversations with teachers about EVAAS.


How do you decide what professional development is needed in your LEA/Charter?

How do you know your professional development is successful?

How do you differentiate professional development for schools, grade levels, content areas, etc?

How are you sustaining professional development in your LEA/Charter?


High Quality Professional Development for All Teachers - Allocating Resources: In this policy brief from the National Comprehensive Center for Teaching Quality, learn about how to select appropriate professional development, the qualities of high-quality professional development, and how to allocate funding appropriately.
(pdf, 1.0mb)

Extreme Makeover - Needs Assessment Edition: In this brief by the National Staff Development Council, learn about the importance of the needs assessment and the components to consider as you begin the quest for the most timely and appropriate professional development for your educators.
(pdf, 206kb)

Professional Development Award Winning Models: This NCREL tool provides a wealth of support for planning quality professional development. Topics include: Team/Group Process, Goal Setting, Needs Assessment, Activities, Research, Money/Resources, Time, Evaluation, Communications, Basics, and Award Winner Profiles.
(pdf, 2.1mb)

Apply Knowledge of Learning: The National Staff Development Council's (NSDC) learning standard reminds us to apply our knowledge of human learning and change when we plan or facilitate professional learning. This standard encourages teacher leaders or coaches to know about and apply their knowledge of how adults learn and how change impacts them.
(pdf, 76kb)

Implementation: Learning Builds the Bridge between Research and Practice: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long-term change. This resource from Learning Forward provides support with ensuring that professional learning takes place during professional development.
(pdf, 264kb)

Standards of Professional Learning - Quick Reference Guide: "This is the third version of standards [from Learning Forward] that outline the characteristics of effective professional learning. This edition, drawn from research and based on evidence-based practice, describes a set of expectations for effective professional learning to ensure equity and excellence in educator learning."
(pdf, 1.0mb)


NOTE: These questions and resources were designed to assist districts/charters in evaluating their professional development program.