Mississippi Teacher Appraisal System
Mississippi Department of Education
“Quality Education for Every Child”
Henry L. Johnson, State Superintendent
Susan Rucker, Associate State Superintendent
Office of Innovation and School Improvement
Washington Cole, Bureau Director
Office of Student Achievement and Growth
Laura Jones, Bureau Director
Office of Evaluation and Enhancement
Mississippi Department of Education
Central High School Office Building
359 North West Street
P.O. Box 771
Office of Evaluation and Enhancement Jackson, MS 39205
Mississippi Teacher Appraisal System Mississippi Teacher Performance Standards
Standard A: An effective teacher plans instruction consistent with
The Mississippi Teacher Appraisal System has been developed to state standards to facilitate high levels of learning for all
evaluate teacher effectiveness in relation to the Mississippi Teacher students.
Performance Standards. Teachers will be evaluated using six
standards. Each standard contains indicators, which help provide a Standard B: An effective teacher delivers instruction that facilitates
definition of the standard. In addition to identifying standards and high levels of learning for all students.
indicators, the appraisal system includes definition items for each
indicator. Together, these three levels of appraisal criteria form the Standard C: An effective teacher organizes and manages the learning
basis for measuring performance through the appraisal instruments. environment and maintains student behavior that is
conducive to learning.
Standard D: An effective teacher demonstrates knowledge and skill in
assessing and facilitating student learning.
Standard E: An effective teacher communicates effectively with
Standard students, peers, and parents/guardians.
Standard F: An effective teacher is committed to continual
professional growth and school improvement.
All data collection instruments and procedures are designed to collect
Definition Definition Definition Definition
information about the definition items, indicators, and standards.
Item Item Item Item
These are the four data collection procedures:
Classroom observations (minimum of two)
Pre- and post-observation conference
Positive Practices Mississippi Department of Education Resources
Create and implement Peer Coaching Study Teams to allow Publications
teachers access to expertise and innovative ideas fostered at the www.mde.k12.ms.us/public.htm
Align lessons with state standards and curriculum frameworks. K-12 Curriculum Frameworks for all subject areas
Visit the publications section on the Mississippi Department of Intervention Guides for Algebra I, Biology I, U.S. History
Education web site at www.mde.k12.ms.us to access the from 1877, and English II
frameworks. Contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at Mathematics, Reading and Writing Resources
(601) 359-2586 or the Office of Reading, Early Childhood, and
Language Arts at (601) 359-3778 if you have specific questions Mississippi Department of Education
about curriculum. www.mde.k12.ms.us
Plan instruction that will actively engage students in the learning
process and maximize instructional time. Office of Academic Education
Maintain a classroom environment in which ideas can be freely www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad
exchanged, student behavior is well managed, and the climate is
conducive to learning. Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Use state test data to assist in classroom planning and individual www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/id/curriculum
student interventions. Contact the Office of Student Assessment at
(601) 359-3052 and refer to the score report provided with student Office of Reading, Early Childhood, and Language Arts
test results to help in analyzing the data. www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/id/curriculum/laer/index.html
Include classroom assessments similar to the Mississippi
Curriculum Test and Subject Area Tests. Also, allow for non- Office of Student Assessment
standardized assessments. Visit the Office of Student Assessment Student Assessment
web site at www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa to access test blueprints www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa
and sample test items. Grade Level Testing Program
Model good speaking and writing skills by using correct grammar www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa/gltp.html
at all times. Subject Area Testing Program
Maintain communication with students and parents concerning www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa/satp.html
student performance and behavior. Make efforts not only to Grades 4 and 7 Writing Assessment
contact parents when there are problems with student behavior, www.mde.k12.ms.us/acad/osa/4&7sample.html
but also when students deserve praise for extraordinary deeds.
Recognize and address individual differences in learners.