One in a series of Need to Know articles from the BCPVPA’s Contract and Legal Team
On 360 Evaluations
The BCPVPA is working to ensure that any performance review framework fosters
meaningful professional growth and self-awareness amongst our members.
Recent provincial direction to align compensation increases (moving from Level A to B on the Regional Salary grids) with performance have resulted in a renewed emphasis on evaluation procedures in districts across the province. Districts are tasked with demonstrating evaluation of performance of all exempt staff on a regular basis and to articulate different levels of performance to assign varied wage increases to eligible employees.
In support of this evaluation, the BCSTA, BCSSA, BCASBO and the BCPVPA developed a Joint Framework on Exempt Staff Evaluation (download a copy: http://bit.ly/EvJF2017). This document highlights quality practices to support districts to develop appropriate exempt staff evaluation process which meet current government policy requirements for compensation improvements while addressing local circumstances and preferences at the district level.
The Joint Framework outlines 16 key elements that districts are required to consider when developing policy and procedures to guide the evaluation of exempt staff. One of the key elements outlined is transparency. The document states:
“The collection of input from an individual’s subordinates, direct reports or partner group contacts should not be done on an anonymous basis. While it is appropriate to collect survey data directly related to an individual’s role and responsibilities, respondents must be willing and required to ‘sign off’ on their submission. The individual being evaluated must also have the opportunity to respond to the information collected prior to any final decision.” (page 5)
Numerous districts are proposing or using a ‘360’ style of evaluation which includes the collection of anonymous survey data. In addition to the element of transparency, page 12 of the Joint Framework addresses significant concerns about using 360 as an evaluation tool and provides important implementation considerations.
For districts focused on developing or refining an evaluation process, we encourage consultation of the Joint Framework as well as a review of the educational research to ensure a meaningful evaluation process.