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Aldine Independent School District developed a new teacher evaluation system, named Invest, to significantly improve the quality of instruction in its classrooms. Research indicates that some teachers are dramatically more effective than others and further, that this difference is among the most important schooling factor affecting student learning. Based on this research, Invest relies on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and student growth measures to differentiate teacher performance and maximize teacher professional growth.

Invest was designed and created by Aldine Independent School District with support and direction from Operation Public Education (an education-reform project of the University of Pennsylvania).  Participants from each of Aldine’s 74 schools, including teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and business community members played a vital role in all aspects of this reform. 

Invest was piloted in the 2012-2013 school year and rolled out district-wide in the 2013-2014 school year. The new evaluation system includes multiple measures of teacher effectiveness to allow for better differentiation of teacher practice and increased teacher effectiveness. It also aims to reduce teacher attrition rates. The new system also meets Texas Education Agency teacher standards TEC§21.351 and TAC §149.1001. 

Improvements in teacher effectiveness and retention should improve student performance on standardized tests, increase high school graduation rates, and support our mission to prepare students academically and socially to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and responsible and productive citizens.

Links

  • Important Links for Invest
    For information about Invest, including the Invest manual and related forms, go to the ePortal and click on the Invest Professional tab on the left-hand side.
  • Teachscape
    Access Teachscape for information about instruction, including training videos.
  • Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) Access
    Access SGP information here.
  • Oasys
    This is the sign-in page for the evaluation website through My Learning Plan.
  • Battelle for Kids
    Access to Link for SGP roster verification and Grow for plans and rosters related to SGPs.


Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Aldine Independent School District has received a substantial grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to help the district develop a new and improved educator evaluation process that ties evaluation to student learning outcomes and professional development.

The Brown Foundation

Aldine Independent School District received a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc., to help develop the INVEST program, which aims to improve the evaluation process for educators by tying evaluations to student learning outcomes and professional development.

Houston Endowment

Aldine Independent School District recevied a grant from the Houston Endowment to help fund the develpment of the educator evalution system, INVEST. The system aims to link student learning outcomes and professional development with the evaluation process.

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