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CAP Teacher Evaluation System

In 2011, the Ohio State Board of Education officially adopted a new teacher evaluation system. The new system requires districts to use data from both observational ratings (50%) and formal measures of student growth (50%) to evaluate teacher performance.

For courses not tested by the State of Ohio as part of programs like the OAT or OGT, local districts are left to decide how to meet the requirement for a formal measure of student growth. Although districts may turn to existing off-the-shelf assessments, these products have a number of drawbacks. Perhaps the biggest flaw is that these tests were not intentionally developed to assess Ohio’s unique learning standards. Instead, their one-size-fits-all focus on general content may fail to detect or underestimate real student growth. A better approach is to adopt and use customized assessments specifically designed to measure Ohio’s learning standards.