Principal & Teacher Evaluation Programs
A new teacher evaluation program was implemented in 2014-2015 and revised in spring 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. It includes supervisor evaluation data, stakeholder feedback and school achievement data (minimum of 35% of final evaluation). In 2013-2014, the district implemented a new principal evaluation program which includes supervisor evaluation data, stakeholder feedback and school achievement data (minimum of 35% of final evaluation). These evaluation systems provide feedback to teachers and principals on strengths and areas for improvement that will have a positive impact on student learning and effective instructional practices.
Equitable Distribution of Effective & Experienced Teachers
The review of equitable access to experienced, effective and in-field teachers is addressed with our administrative team that includes building principals, the superintendent and assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, and the human resources coordinator.
Each year the school district reviews its student demographic make-up from the Minnesota Report Card, located on the Minnesota Department of Education website. The following chart reflects our current student population:
Because of the small size of the Westonka School District, all students, regardless of race or income, are treated the same when it comes to course and teacher placement. Due to our size and the low number of diverse students, all Westonka students have the same access to licensed, experienced and effective teachers. In addition, our experienced and effective teachers teach all levels of courses across the district. Students of any demographic group truly have equitable access to teachers that have experience and are effective educators.
Through Minnesota Department of Education teacher licensure reporting, all Westonka Students, including those that are low-income, students of color and other ethnic groups, are taught by Westonka teachers that hold the appropriate license and credentials for their grade level and academic disciplines.
This statement satisfies the Minnesota Department of Education requirement to publicly report data on an annual basis related to equitable teacher distribution.