Navigating the Transition: A Legal Primer on Using New State Student Assessments in Educator Evaluation

Developed in partnership with Education Counsel, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, this resource provides guidance to states and school districts as they determine how the transition to new state assessments for students will impact their educator evaluation systems. It includes a brief overview of the current state policy landscape, a discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated with new evaluation systems, and a deeper analysis of the legal principles that should be considered if a state is incorporating student growth into educator evaluation systems related to new, more rigorous assessments based on college and career ready learning standards.