The CNMI Public School System Classroom Teacher Evaluation Process shall include the following components:


Component 1: Training

Before participating in the evaluation process, all teachers, principals, designated evaluators, and a peer evaluation must complete training on the evaluation process.


Component 2: Orientation

Within three weeks of a teacher's first day of work in any school year, the principal will provide the classroom teacher with a copy of, or directions for obtaining access to a copy of:

  1. The rubric for evaluating CNMI Public School System classroom teachers;

  2. Teacher Evaluation Policy Admin Code § 60-30.2-900 (PDF, 161KB);  

  3. A schedule for completing all the components of the evaluation process


Component 3: Teacher Self-Assessment

Using the rubric for evaluating CNMI PSS teachers, teachers shall rate his or her performance at the beginning of the year and reflect on his or her performance throughout the year.


Component 4: Pre-observation Conference

Goal: To prepare the principal for the observation.

Before the first formal observation, the principal shall meet with the teacher to discuss: the teacher's self-assessment, the teacher's most recent professional growth plan, and a written description of the lesson(s) to be observed. Pre-observation conferences are not required for subsequent observations.


Component 5: Observations

  1. Formal observations: An entire class period

  2. New Teachers (<5 years of employment): 3 formal and 1 peer to peer (informal)

  3. Seasoned Teachers (≥5 years of employment): 1 formal annually and at least 2 observations during the employment contract of the teacher. May adjust the schedule for the summative evaluation of a seasoned teacher whenever it is deemed necessary.


Component 6: Post Observation Conference

The principal shall conduct a post-conference no later than ten days after the observation.

Discuss and document on the rubric the strengths and weaknesses of the teacher's performance during the observed lesson.


Component 7: Summary Evaluation Conference and Scoring the Teacher Summary Rating Form

Prior to the end of the school year and in accordance with the timelines, the principal conducts a summary evaluation conference with the teacher's self-assessment, the teacher’s most recent professional growth plan, the components of the CNMI PSS teacher evaluation process completed during the year, classroom observations, artifacts submitted or collected during the evaluation process and other evidence of the teacher's performance on the rubric. At the conclusion, the principal shall:

  1. Give a rating for each element in the Teacher Evaluation Rubric;

  2. Comment on elements marked "Not Demonstrated";

  3. Give an overall rating of each standard in the rubric;

  4. Provide the teacher with the opportunity to add comments to the Teacher Summary Rating Form;

  5. Review completed Teacher Summary Rating Form with the teacher;

  6. Secure the teacher's signature on the Record of Teacher Evaluation Activities and Teacher Summary Rating Form;

  7. Submit the completed evaluation form to Human Resource Office; and

  8. Attach the completed teacher evaluation rating forms and justification for renewal to employment contract renewals (if applicable).


Component 8: PD Plans

  1. Individual Growth Plans: Rated "Proficient” or better on all teaching standards

  2. Monitored Growth Plans: Rated "Developing” on at least one teaching standards

  3. Directed Growth Plans: Rated "Not Demonstrated” on any standards or "Developing” for two consecutive years