Dear Partners in Education,
Planning Process to Define Ineffective Teacher in the State of Montana
Montana does not currently have a definition for ineffective teacher as the ESSA law requires and the Montana OPI would like to work collaboratively with our partners in education to define this term.This is a requirement of the federal government and must be done per the ESSA law to ensure that low income and minority children in Title I schools are not served at a disproportionate rate by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers.
Step 1: Research Within the Agency (January-March 2018)
- Take a thorough look at how each state is defining ineffective teacher and take note of models that may work for Montana.
- Seek innovative ideas from within the agency and state.
- Discuss the challenges of defining ineffective teacher in Montana and the issues with various models.
- Select up to five models/definitions that could work in Montana.
Step 2: Collaborate with Our Partners in Education (April-May 2018)
- Present information, discuss, and allow for input and feedback on various options through multiple opportunities including face to face meetings and online webinars.
- Analyze feedback and input.
- Determine the best process for Montana.
- Review data collection.
- Report to DOE.
- Reflect on data and adjust services as needed.