IMPACT - The DCPS Effectiveness Assessment System for School-Based Personnel
Recognizing the importance of ensuring that talented and committed individuals are serving all of our students, DCPS developed IMPACT, our system for assessing the performance of teachers and other school-based staff. To revise IMPACT for the 2012-2013 school year, we collected input from hundreds of teachers, school leaders, staff members, and other stakeholders during feedback sessions across the city.
Through IMPACT, DCPS seeks to create a culture in which all school-based personnel have a clear understanding of what defines excellence in their work, are provided with constructive and data-based feedback about their performance, and receive support to increase their effectiveness.
Among the innovations in the IMPACT system are the use of student achievement data and the use of master educators – subject-based expert teachers – to help assess and improve instructional performance.