The Fairfax County Public Schools performance assessment process and evaluations are designed to provide all employees with increased opportunities for professional growth and development. This process is based on a supervisory cycle of reflection, observation, and discussion that leads to employee improvement.
Employees are assessed from the beginning of service and the results are reported regularly in an evaluation. Discussions regarding performance occur between the evaluator and the employee throughout the process. Employees have multiple opportunities to refine or enhance their skills.
Evaluation is a continuous process.
Teachers and instructional assistants will receive formal feedback periodically and are evaluated every year for the first three years of employment. They are then evaluated formally every third year; meaning any supporting documentation from observations, written communications, and other data collections over the three-year period will support the final evaluation recommendation along with the required data collections of the third year.
Support employees are evaluated after the first six months and then again at the end of the first year. They also receive an evaluation at the end of the second year and at the end of the third year. Support employees are then placed on a three-year cycle; meaning any supporting documentation from time management observations, special program data, or other data collections over a three-year period will be used to support the final evaluation recommendation on the third year.
New administrators are evaluated every year for the first three years. They are then evaluated formally every third year; meaning any supporting documentation from financial documents, student achievement data, and other data collections over the three year period will support the final evaluation recommendation on the third year.
Teachers are evaluated by the principal or the principal’s designee. The designee may be an assistant principal, director of student activities, director of student services, or other appropriate administrative staff member.
Evaluation of instructional assistants is performed by a school administrator or program manager designated by the principal and may include input from the teacher or teachers with whom the assistant works.
Support employees are evaluated by the program manager, the principal, or his or her designee.
Principals are evaluated by their assistant superintendents. Assistant principals, directors of student activities, and directors of student services are evaluated by their principals. Nonschool-based administrators are evaluated by their program managers or designees.
Teachers who need additional instructional support may access the Colleague Assistance Program (CAP). Collaboration is confidential and is not part of the evaluation process. For additional information call 571-423-3264.
Support for school based and nonschool-based employees will be identified by their evaluator.
The final evaluation recommendation will be supported with information contained in a local file, input from previous supervisor, and the observations and documentation of the current supervisor.
Your signature on the final performance evaluation does not signify that you agree with the evaluation, but rather that you acknowledge receipt of your final evaluation. If you elect not to sign the evaluation, the process will continue without your signature. Your final evaluation will be sent to the reviewer for signature and to the Department of Human Resources for inclusion in your personnel file.
571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331
September 5, 2012