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The teacher evaluation system must be aligned to and support the established criteria for the Iowa Teaching Standards. LEAs and AEAs must to determine what policies, procedures and processes are needed to support the Iowa Teaching Standards and Criteria. A teacher evaluation system should be built around a range of sources of data, information, and processes that will demonstrate the teacher's mastery of the Iowa Teaching Standards.

A local teacher evaluation plan must include the following:

  • The Iowa teaching standards and criteria
  • A comprehensive evaluation of beginning teachers that includes a review of the teacher’s progress on the Iowa teaching standards and the use of the Department of Education’s comprehensive evaluation instrument.
  • A performance review of career teachers needs to be conducted once every three years and include classroom observation of the teacher, a review of the teacher’s progress on the Iowa teaching standards and additional standards and criteria, a review of the implementation of teacher’s individual professional development plan, and supporting documentation from other evaluators, teachers, parents, and students.
  • A peer review must be conducted annually.


The iEvaluate class is an online evaluator class that is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. It was created to replace the required Evaluator Level I and Level II training. There are two iEvaluate classes: iEvaluate – Teachers (intended for principals, athletic directors, and others responsible of evaluating teachers or coaches) and iEvaluate – Administrators (intended for superintendents or central office administrators responsible for evaluating principals or other school administrators). If you have successfully completed evaluator approval through Level I or II, you should contact your AEA professional development office and enroll in Assessing Academic Rigor.

Iowa Teaching Standards & Criteria

The Iowa teaching standards and criteria represent a set of knowledge and skills that reflects the best evidence available regarding quality teaching. The purpose of the standards and criteria is to provide LEAs and AEAs with a consistent representation of the complexity and the possibilities of quality teaching. The teaching standards and supporting criteria are linked to the teacher evaluation system and individual professional development plans.

Model Framework for Designing a Local Teacher Evaluation

Model Framework for Designing a Local Staff Evaluation System Based on the Iowa Teaching Standards - Based on work conducted by Tom McGreal this is a sample or a model of a teacher evaluation system that can be used as a reference by any LEA in designing a local approach to teacher evaluation.

Comprehensive Evaluation Form for Beginning Teacher

Comprehensive Evaluation Form - This form is required of all teacher evaluators who are conducting a comprehensive evaluation of second year teachers with an initial license and is used as the basis for a recommendation on obtaining a standard teaching license.

Sample Comprehensive Evaluations

The following are samples of different ways that the Comprehensive Evaluation Form could be filled out by a teacher evaluator. They are only examples.

Beginning Teacher Comprehensive Evaluation (2006-07-13)


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 25, 2016 at 7:47pm.