I was evaluated recently and had mixed feelings about it. I reorganized my room so that ALL of my storage was out of the room. On the shelving in each center there are now only items available for student use during center time. It really opened up the room.
One thing I didn't like about it was the nit-picky, unrealistic expectations. I felt like the system was set up with too narrow of a view and not a realistic overall look at the classroom.
I got dinged because I had the students start cleanup at the block center 3 minutes early since it takes so long to clean up at that center. I got a super low score for blocks because it said it was available for 57 instead of 60 minutes. That's ridiculous and petty. And like another poster said, if you get dinged at a 2 it doesn't matter what you have at 3, 5 or 7. Ugh...
I'm in an OLD public elementary building and therefore score rock bottom on items that are out of my hands. Our playground isn't fenced on 4 sides, we have steps that go down to our gym, no bathrooms in the room, etc.
Hand washing procedures are unrealistic also. When ECERS kids grow up and someone asks, "What did you learn in preschool?" They'll think back and say, "It was just a big hand washing blur!"
I wouldn't be an ECERS evaluator for anything in the world. I love teaching, building others up and would never want to go around crushing teacher's selfesteems for a living!