A User's Guide to

Peer Assistance and Review

  • What is PAR?
  • Costs and benefits of PAR
  • Designing your PAR project
  • Labor-management relations
  • Practical issues and advice
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How does the program handle the paperwork involved in teacher evaluation?

Because PAR becomes the primary evaluation system for all novices and selected experienced teachers, it involves a great deal of paperwork. As part of the legal record, teacher evaluations must be documented carefully. Because CTs conduct many evaluations each semester, the program generates a lot of important paperwork. For experienced teachers, particularly those with tenure rights under state law, the program must find ways to fully document the support and recommendations offered by the CT as well as the performance of the teacher over time. Districts have created systems that help CTs, Lead CTs, and directors keep up with this paperwork.

“It wasn’t until I was a year on the panel that I realized how important every little piece was and how meticulous you really need to be. Because you are dealing with people’s lives.”

Cincinnati Panel Member

Over time, districts have developed clear, easy-to-use templates that support CTs throughout the assessment process. Most districts have forms for CTs to use as they record their classroom observations, provide summary feedback to the teacher, record specific recommendations for improving practice, document the assistance the CT provides, and prepare the final summary report. In addition, many districts have developed a range of documents that help Panel members and others do their jobs efficiently.

Most districts have a single source where CTs retrieve the templates of key documents. Some include them in CT Handbooks. San Juan uses a secure website. Montgomery County gives every CT a portable “flash” drive with the relevant information, which the CTs wear on lanyards so that they can always pull up the needed information on the nearest computer.