New Jersey Department of Education

2020-2021 Student Growth Data and Educator Evaluation Guidance

The following guidance is an addendum to earlier Educator Evaluation Guidance for the 2020-2021 school year. On January 11, 2021, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 214 which waived the use of student achievement data as a measure in determining the effectiveness of all New Jersey educators for the 2020-21 school year. Chapter 10 regulations define both the Student Growth Objective (SGO) and administrator goal processes as the measures to be used in fulfilling the student achievement component required in the TeachNJ Act. The following holds true for these processes as a result of the Executive Order:

  1. SGOs: Will not count towards any educator’s summative score for the 2020-2021 school year.
  2. Administrator Goals: Student achievement data culled from these goals will not be used to determine the effectiveness of Principals, Assistant Principals (AP) or Vice Principals (VP). These goals must measure processes. See below for more information.
  3. Educators, including teachers’, Principals/APs/VPs’ evaluation component weights will be as follows:
Educator Type Evaluation Component Weights

Teacher Practice: 100% (as measured by traditional observations and/or portfolio process)

  • Principal Practice: 90%
  • Administrator Goals: 10%

Regulations stipulate that a second function of processes related to the development and use of SGOs  is that they “shall be used to determine impact on student learning.” N.J.A.C.  6A:10-4.2(a) and N.J.A.C.  6A:10-5.2(a). The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recognizes and honors the efforts educators have put forth this school year in preparing and implementing SGOs and administrator goals. Therefore, all other regulatory requirements for the development and completion of SGOs and administrator goals shall remain in effect and be used to inform instructional decisions and educator practice.

While the components comprising an educator’s summative rating will be different for this school year,  data culled from the development and completion of SGO and administrator goals is valuable in informing instructional decisions and determining the impact of educator practice on student learning. This underscores the importance of completion of both SGOs and administrator goals.

Below are modified requirements, local flexibilities, select resources, and key recommendations of ways data can assist in informing instructional decisions and the overall impact of educator practice on student learning.

Student Growth Objectives

Administrator Goals

Regulatory References

NJ Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) Citation Requirement Temporary Flexibility


Requires the chief school administrator to notify staff members of amendments to evaluation policies within 10 working days.

Extends the window to 20 working days in an effort to provide districts time to digest the information, seek clarification, look at current local policies and procedures, make any necessary changes and communicate them to the staff.

6A:10-4.1 States the requirements teachers must complete in order to earn a summative score and accompanying rating.

Ensures that no student growth measures will be used to measure a teacher’s effectiveness for the 2020-2021 school year. All other rules which lay out the processes for the development of SGOs and their completion shall remain in effect.

6A:10-5.1 States the requirements Principals, VPs and APs must complete in order to earn a summative score and accompanying rating.

Summative scores will be completed through the use of the principal practice score, as well as administrator goal(s) which must not use student achievement to measure effectiveness.

6A:10-5.2 Determines the rules for the development of administrator goals.

Waives the student growth requirement of the administrator goal construction process. It is also modified to allow 25 working days, time for those Principals, VPs and APs who may need to develop new goals based on these rule modifications.

Fall 2020 Educator Evaluation Guidance

For educators and students alike, the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other and therefore, meaningful educator evaluations will be more important than ever before. As always, effective evaluation systems are designed to support teachers and school leaders in improving their practices and building upon their strengths. As districts review their evaluation systems, teachers and school leaders must engage in reflective conversations and work together to implement procedures that will continue to improve teaching and learning.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has provided five key themes that districts should consider in the creation of effective educator evaluation systems.  Each theme includes minimum regulatory requirements and additional recommendations to assist districts in utilizing evaluation systems through School Year (SY) 2020-21 and beyond. The NJDOE would like to thank the teachers, principals, district-level staff, and superintendents across the state who contributed to the following guidance.

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