With the pending release of SIF US v2.6 next month (it is currently half way through 30 day member review) it seemed timely to present a few more of the functionality highlights contained in this featureful version. In this posting we will focus on how various federal requirements and initiatives related to Staffing are supported, by looking at two SIF object types introduced with this release.
Staff Section Assignment is a “junction object” which links a Staff member to a Section, and contains information about that relationship. Probably the most important element is the Teacher of Record (TOR) value which assigns a responsibility or credit percentage for a specific portion of a student's learning to a particular teacher or set of teachers. It can also be used to track whether or not a student comes into contact with a teacher or group of teachers, and the extent of that contact.
Besides the obvious instructional benefits, many teacher accountability systems utilize this kind of information to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers within the context of the subject being taught and the assessments used to measure student progress. TOR was specifically designed to support Race to the Top and existing APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) regulations from various states.
Staff Evaluation Info standardizes the reporting of additional APPR information. It includes elements containing Staff, School and Evaluator ID, Bargaining Unit, type of staff evaluation, evaluation milestone dates (from pre to post conference), evaluation tool(s) used, and a section by section breakdown of the evaluation results (name, score and scale) and the final recommendation.