Murphy’s latest executive order alters educator evaluations for 2020-21

As part of Executive Order 212 signed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, student growth objectives have been removed as a component from educator evaluations for the 2020-21 school year.

“We know our educators have all gone above and beyond this year, whether in an in-person or hybrid classroom or entirely online,” Murphy said during his Jan. 11 coronavirus briefing. “Instead this year, we are asking school leaders and departmental supervisors to evaluate educators solely based on teacher practice. While student growth objectives should remain a tool for assessing other aspects of professional development and assessing student progress, they should not impact our educators’ annual evaluations given this unprecedented year.”

“The flexibility granted by this order represents a meaningful and significant step in further adapting our education system to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19,” said Angelica Allen-McMillan, New Jersey’s acting commissioner of education.