Evaluating Specialized Instructional Support Personnel: Supplement to the Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems

Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) play an important role in ensuring student success. These educators meet students’ needs through a wide range of services and supports (e.g., therapy, counseling, nursing, and specialized instruction). How can states and districts develop performance evaluation systems that capture the roles of these diverse educators and ensure that fair and useful feedback is available to support their evaluation?

Designed as an extension to the GTL Center’s resource, Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems, this supplemental guide helps state and district teams to problem-solve and make design decisions to differentiate evaluation systems for SISP. The supplemental guide is organized into four sections:

  • Statutory and regulatory requirements that guide the development of educator evaluation systems and that detail inclusive and exclusive criteria used to determine which personnel are subject to evaluation per the regulations and policy decisions.
  • Suitability and need for differentiation within measures of instructional/teacher practice and student growth based upon specific district responsibilities, roles and, as appropriate and available, national/state professional association standards and relevant student growth and outcome measures.
  • Evaluator training designed to guide and assist state and local teams in the recognition, evaluation, and support of best practices for specific school personnel.
  • Professional learning designed to assist all personnel to enhance and move toward best practices identified by their respective national association or professional standards.

Each section includes state-level examples and a series of questions you can use to facilitate an evaluation design process that better accounts for the unique roles and responsibilities of specialized instructional support personnel.