Dr. Jori Beck, Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, secured $218,323 in funding from the State of Nevada to help reform how the State evaluates educator effectiveness.
Co-Principal Investigators include Drs. Michael McCreery and David Vallett, Assistant Professors in the same department. By securing this grant, Beck and her team hope to improve teaching and learning for teachers and students in Nevada, and yield findings that can help address teacher accountability at the national level.
Of the $2 million appropriated by the State of Nevada for SB 474- referred to as the Great Teaching and Leading Fund (SB 474), $1 million was dedicated specifically to the Next Generation Performance Framework (NEPF). The Great Teaching and Leading Fund was created to incentivize professional development and improvements to the educator pipeline; the NEPF, as one initiative supported by SB 474, is a statewide evaluation system that uses student achievement data to inform teacher and building level administrator effectiveness. The Nevada Department of Education website outlines goals of the NEPF as follows:
- Foster student learning and growth;
- Improve educator’s instructional practice;
- Inform human capital decisions based on a professional growth system; and
- Engage stakeholders in the continuous improvement and monitoring of a professional growth system.
The grant, entitled “Creation of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) Online Training System,” involves the research team creating a system to facilitate NEPF implementation. This process will include initial training of approximately 260 teachers, administrators, and other education professionals- along with concurrent validation procedures for an evaluation instrument. Beck would like to help ensure that the NEPF is used reliably to help teachers and students make accurate high-stakes decisions. She adds, “all teachers should be constantly reflecting [on their teaching] to ensure that they are improving their practice; that’s good teaching.”