Changes to Ohio Teacher Evaluation System

Senate Bill 216, recently signed into law, requires the Ohio Department of Education to revise the current framework for teacher and administrator evaluations, adopting a new version by May 2020. The revised framework will:


  • Be subject to at least one public hearing
  • Eliminate the former requirement that student academic growth count for half of each evaluation. Instead school boards must use “high-quality” student data, such as standardized assessments and end-of-course examinations, in addition to any applicable value-added progress dimensions.
  • Prohibit the use of student learning objectives
  • Prohibit use of shared attribution of student performance data
  • Eliminate the alternative evaluation framework
  • Require a professional growth or improvement plan based on the evaluation results

The revised framework will be piloted in a number of districts during the 2019-2020 year, and will take effect statewide for the 2020-2021 school year. Boards will need to update their policies by July 1, 2020, and such policies will become operative at the end of any CBA in effect at that time.


Miriam Pearlmutter is an attorney at Walter | Haverfield who focuses her practice on education law. She can be reached at mpearlmutter@walterhav.com or at 216-619-7861.