Arkansas educators use BloomBoard (an online platform for educator development) for Educator Evaluation data collection and management. The use of BloomBoard helps schools and districts across the state to implement a sustainable system for teacher and administrator evaluation and growth. The new Arkansas Educator Evaluation Observation and Data System compiles essential learning elements into a systematic educator effectiveness framework that encompasses every facet of the teacher and principal evaluation process. The online evaluation data management system enables the success of the evaluation process by including the rubrics, evaluation forms, professional growth plans, and other supporting documents, into a digital format that can be accessed online and on multiple mobile devices.
A support network has been established statewide. Every school district and pubic charter school has a primary contact person, or Lead Contact, who has worked with an assigned BloomBoard Account Manager to ensure a user-friendly implementation of the new educator evaluation processes. Arkansas schools have participated in the BloomBoard onboarding process. Each school has a BloomBoard Super User. BloomBoard Super Users are educators trained to provide site-based support in the use of BloomBoard as needed by classroom educators.
Administrators and teachers have been trained to use the system to conduct observations, to create professional goals, and to monitor progress on Professional Growth Plans. Representatives from BloomBoard have worked with ADE trainers to demonstrate step-by-step the use of the technology platform’s ability to streamline TESS and LEADS evaluation processes for both professional practice and student growth data.
BloomBoard is provided free of charge to all districts in the state. Due to the requirement for reporting teacher evaluation ratings on school performance reports, all districts are required to utilize the system.
- BloomBoard At a Glance
- Arkansas Super User Role
- Arkansas Training Plan 2014-2015
- Application System Requirements & Technical Specifications
- Implementation Considerations for Lead Contacts and Administrators
Below are links to training materials.