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'Taking the Lead' Educator Evaluation Initiative

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The UEA is committed to helping educators be successful in their career. That includes "taking the lead" by providing resources to navigate evaluation requirements. Resources available for members include an evaluation toolkit, discussion guides for each of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards, tools for implementing student learning objectives (SLO), a five-module curriculum on assessment literacy, training on having a successful “critical conversation” and more. For more information about the resources available in your school district, contact your local UniServ office or log onto the UEA members-only website.

 About Educator Evaluations

Significant changes to educator evaluations have been made over the past few years. Both Utah State Board of Education (USBE) rule and Utah State code have been modified to address educator evaluation with the goal of improving educator effectiveness and instructional quality.

Evaluation Components

Both state code and Board rule require a district to adopt a “valid and reliable” evaluation system. Districts must include the following minimum components in their educator evaluation system, although they can also choose to include other indicators beyond those listed:

  • Observations of instructional and leadership quality;
  • Evidence of student academic growth; and
  • Parent and student input.

The weight given to each of these components will be determined by each district.


According to state code, the evaluation system must categorize educators into one of four levels of performance. If an educator’s evaluation identifies unsatisfactory performance, the district must “develop and implement a plan of assistance” to allow the educator “an opportunity to improve performance”. An educator receiving the lowest rating (“not effective”) on an evaluation may not advance on the salary schedule.

No “Bell Curve”

Educators will receive a performance rating based on data from multiple evaluation components. There is no requirement, either in state code or Board rule, that there be a certain number of educators rated in each category of performance ratings. In other words, there is no requirement for a “bell curve” distribution.

UEA Represents Educators

The UEA will continue to represent educators with the legislature, on USBE committees, and with the USBE. Count on local association leaders to also represent teachers at the district level.

If you have questions about the evaluation systems in your district, contact your local UniServ office. UEA Members may access the members-only site for more information. (login required)

Evaluation Resources