Step 2: Goals & Action Plans

  • The second step in the evaluation cycle is to create goals and an action plans. In this step, educators set at least two goals for the year, asking:

    1. Where do my students need to grow this year? and
    2. Where do I need to grow to help them get there?


  • These two goals—and the four standards in the Rubric of Effective Teaching are the measures against which educators are evaluated.

    After educators write goals, they develop a plan that outlines the course of action they will take to attain the goals. This action plan serves as an opportunity to determine the time, resources, and specific steps necessary to accomplish each goal.


  • As educators begin implementing their plans, they can collect artifacts to document their work.



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  • For student-learning goals:

    • Draw on school, team, and classroom-level analyses of student performance.
    • Consider the school and team goals for student performance.
    • Craft (at least) one SMARTIE goal for improved student learning.

    For professional practice goals:

    • Review self-assessment, previous evaluation feedback, and student data.
    • Consider school and team goals for professional practice.
    • Consider what instructional practices are necessary for your students to achieve the student learning goal.
    • Craft (at least) one SMARTIE goal for professional practice, linked to an element of the rubric.*

Best Practices

    • Keep it simple. Go for the obvious need or practice. The one you know will make a difference.

    • Be ambitious! Set goals that will make you and your students stretch. Educators will not be penalized with a poor rating for not fully reaching a rigorous goal.

    • When grade-level or content teams share goals, they can collaborate on working to achieve them and monitoring their progress.

    • Make sure the goal is written clearly enough so that both the educator and evaluator can determine the degree of success in meeting the goal, and that progress can be monitored within the timeframe of the plan.

    • Don't tie your goals directly to MCAS results. The data won't arrive in time. Instead, set measurable growth targets that will lead to improvements in MCAS performance.