Teacher evaluation is a major process within every school district, requiring a significant portion of administrators’ time and attention.

With the Network for Educator Effectiveness teacher evaluation system, school leaders could be responsible for conducting classroom observations, holding feedback conferences, administering student surveys, tracking professional development plans, and other evaluation components depending on the specifics of their school’s NEE implementation plan.

It is a lot to keep track of, and fortunately, the NEE Data Tool online evaluation system provides numerous status reports to help school leaders organize their evaluation tasks.

Even so, it can be helpful to understand NEE’s implementation recommendations on a monthly basis to stay on track. Let’s take a look.

Note: The following implementation timeline includes all four components that are available in the NEE teacher evaluation system: classroom observation, student survey, unit of instruction plan (UOI), and teacher professional development plan (TPDP). Schools have various approaches to NEE implementation and may choose not to implement all components. For first-year districts, NEE recommends implementing only classroom observations during the first school year.

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Monthly Implementation Timeline for NEE Teacher Evaluation

June/July

  • Evaluators attend NEE summer training and complete the NEE qualifying exam.
  • First-year NEE school districts: Contact your NEE regional trainer to schedule an on-site orientation training for your teachers in August.

August

  • Ensure all teachers have accounts set up in the NEE Data Tool.
  • Have new teachers complete the Introduction to NEE module in the EdHub professional learning library, available under the NEE Training topic.
  • If not completed during the previous spring, collaborate with your professional development committee to select the NEE indicators that will be measured in classroom observations.
  • Collaborate with district administration to determine the number of classroom observations you will be expected to complete. Update the NEE Implementation Goals box on your profile page in the NEE Data Tool to reflect that number.
  • Meet with teachers to provide a timeline of expectations as well as the rubrics for each indicator that will be measured in classroom observations. Read more on this topic: Conversations Set Expectations for a Growth-Oriented School Year.
  • Begin classroom observations and provide effective feedback to teachers.

September

  • Continue classroom observations and feedback conversations.
  • Guide teachers to begin the teacher professional development plan (TPDP). Teachers complete the pre-implementation portion of the plan and receive evaluator approval.

October

  • Continue classroom observations and feedback conversations.
  • Review the unit of instruction (UOI) process and expectations for the UOI with teachers.
  • Monitor your NEE Implementation Dashboard to ensure you are on schedule to meet your evaluation goals.

November

  • Continue classroom observations and feedback conversations.
  • Using data from classroom observations, target individual professional development needs for each teacher. Encourage use of EdHub for growth on those targeted needs.
  • Teachers begin the UOI.
  • Monitor your NEE Implementation Dashboard to ensure you are on schedule to meet your evaluation goals.

December

  • Share building-wide Indicator Trend Reports with teachers to conduct a mid-year appraisal of performance.
  • Continue classroom observations and feedback conversations.
  • Teachers complete and submit for review the mid-year portion of the TPDP. Evaluators review and complete the mid-year portion of the TPDP.
  • Schedule administration of the NEE Student Survey for January and February.

January

  • Continue classroom observations and feedback conversations.
  • Teachers complete and submit for review their UOIs. Evaluators review and begin to score UOIs.

February

  • Continue classroom observations and feedback conversations.
  • Complete scorings of the UOIs and hold feedback conversations with teachers.
  • Complete administration of the NEE Student Survey.

March

  • Complete classroom observations.
  • Teachers complete and submit for review the end-of-year portion of the TPDP. Evaluators review and complete the end-of-year portion of the TPDP.
  • Evaluators score TPDPs and have feedback conversations with teachers.
  • Review the NEE Data Tool – Teacher Summative Report for Evaluators document on the NEE Data Tool Help and Resources menu for a recommended workflow for the entire Summative process.
  • Perform summative evaluations.
  • Make staffing recommendations based on collected data.

April/May

  • Teachers begin TPDP for the next academic year using the Microsoft Word organizer on the NEE
    Data Tool Help and Resources menu. TPDP should be based on teachers’ summative evaluations.
  • Develop individual teacher improvement plans as needed for the next academic year.
  • Review building-level data on indicators and select indicators for the next academic year.
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to review building-level data. Select indicators for the next academic year and determine whether you will add additional components of NEE’s teacher evaluation system.
  • Principals should register for NEE’s summer training, which is required annually for anyone who evaluates teachers. Evaluators who have used NEE previously will register for NEE’s Recertification Training, and evaluators who will be using NEE for the first time will register for NEE’s New Evaluator Training.

As always, the NEE staff is available to support your implementation during any phase when you need us – whether that’s during your first year or your tenth year. If at any time you have questions about implementation or want guidance on your evaluation processes, please contact the NEE Help Desk at 844-793-4357 or nee@missouri.edu. We are always happy to help and want to ensure a smooth implementation of NEE in your school.


The Network for Educator Effectiveness (NEE) is a simple yet powerful comprehensive system for educator evaluation that helps educators grow, students learn, and schools improve. Developed by preK-12 practitioners and experts at the University of Missouri, NEE brings together classroom observation, student feedback, teacher curriculum planning, and professional development as measures of effectiveness in a secure online portal designed to promote educator growth and development.