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The Board requires a program of comprehensive, performance-based evaluations for each professional staff member it employs in order to ensure high-quality staff performance that improves student achievement and enhances the instructional programs of the district. The evaluation shall be ongoing and of sufficient specificity and frequency to provide for demonstrated standards of competency and academic ability.

The primary purpose of a performance-based evaluation is to facilitate and improve employee performance and instruction to enhance student learning. An effective evaluation system should identify areas of teaching/administrative strength and weakness and provide direction for maintaining and improving teacher/administrator skills through professional staff development activities. The secondary purpose is to determine whether performance meets the degree of competency required for continued employment.

Probationary teachers will be formally evaluated each year. A formal evaluation shall be made no later than March 1 each school year for each probationary teacher. Tenured teachers shall be formally evaluated at least once every three (3) years.

Probationary teachers are minimally expected to perform at the expectation level on all criteria on the district's performance-based evaluation instrument. Failure to maintain this level of performance is a ground for nonrenewal.

The procedures and instruments for professional staff evaluation will be developed by the administration, in consultation with the district's professional staff, and will be approved by the Board. Teacher evaluation instruments must minimally reflect the standards listed in this policy. One (1) copy of the completed evaluation form shall be given to the staff member concerned, one (1) copy filed in the employee's personnel file at the office of the Board of Education and one (1) copy retained by the appropriate administrator/evaluator. Files maintained by building principals containing information concerning an individual teacher shall not be transferred from building to building without full disclosure of their contents.

Teaching Standards

All teachers in the North Kansas City School District shall meet the following standards:

Standard 1 – The teacher plans instruction based on knowledge of content curriculum and instructional practice/methods.

Standard 2 – The teacher demonstrates current instructional practices and seeks out and explores a variety of strategies that ensure student learning.

Standard 3 – The teacher designs and uses various forms of assessment to monitor and evaluate student progress.

Standard 4 – The teacher creates and manages an environment conducive to learning.

Standard 5 – The teacher demonstrates professional responsibility.

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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:         02/11/2003


Revised:          06/08/2010; 10/18/2011


MSIP Refs:     6.5.2


Legal Refs:     §§ 160.045, 168.128, .410, RSMo.

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