Thursday, March 15, 2012

Teacher Evaluation System Breakdown

News10NBC has the break-down of a new teacher evaluation system. Once it's signed into law, teachers in our area and across the state will be evaluated on a new ratings system.

A majority of the performance points – 60-percent--- will come from classroom observations along with student and parent feedback.

Teachers will also be rated on student academic achievement including state tests.

Teacher Performance – 60 points
Under the legislation, 60 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on rigorous and nationally recognized measures of teacher performance. The legislation requires that a majority of the teacher performance points will be based on classroom observations by an administrator or principal, and at least one observation will be unannounced. The remaining points will be based upon defined standards including observations by independent trained evaluators, peer classroom observations, student and parent feedback from evaluators, and evidence of performance through student portfolios.

Student Achievement in State & Local Assessments– 40 points
Under the legislation, 40 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on student academic achievement, with 20 percent from state testing and 20 percent from a list of three testing options including state tests, third party assessments/tests approved by the SED and locally developed tests that will be subject to SED review and approval. Under the plan, school districts will also have the option of using state tests to measure up to 40 percent of a teacher's rating.

Rating System
The legislation significantly tightens the scoring system to ensure student achievement and teacher performance are both properly taken into account for teacher ratings. Teachers or principals that are rated ineffective in the 40 points could not receive a developing score overall.

Ineffective: 0 – 64
Developing: 65 – 74
Effective: 75 – 90
Highly Effective: 91 – 100


Anonymous said...

Scats; how are raises effected by these evaluations?

SCATS said...

To 2:02PM ~~ I haven't heard that connection made ... have you?

Anonymous said...

No problem using the student scores on standardized tests as a basis for teacher's effectiveness. I DO hope that the performance in a given year for a set of students is compared to the performance of those students on the last standardized test, however. If a teacher gets a class of high-performing students the students' scores should be in the high end of scores this year. If the teacher has a class of struggling students, average or lower scores might still show learning has been accomplished under this teacher. With our computer data bases, we should be able to compare student's performance on a year-on-year basis.

Anonymous said...

If there is no threat of dismissal or not receiving a raise these evaluations will only be between the teacher and the principal. There does not seem to be an incentive except for the feeling of self esteem for the teacher if he or she has students that are succeeding.
Next they will be adjusting the evaluations depending on the socio economic background of the class. If a teacher has a class with many free lunch recipients the score will probably be put on a curve.

SCATS said...

To 6:53PM ~~ Don't worry. I'm sure they can earn Bonus Points for bringing in some tissues, paper towels, wet wipes, hand sanitizer ...

Anonymous said...

To 6:53 IT SHOULD BE!!!! If a kid enters in the fall of 5th grade reading at a 3rd grade level and the teacher brings the kid up to 4th grade level- they should get a high score! And classrooms/buildings with high free/reduced lunch numbers SHOULD have smaller student to teacher ratios. Do we as a community really care about the kids here or just the ones easy to like/teach?
We need the BEST teachers working with the hardest demographic...low-income kids!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The poster is right. There is a real danger here that teachers will not want to take on classes or teach at schools with difficult studnets or those who come from deprived areas (the future of at least some parts of greece) for fear oif being fired.

SCATS said...

To 8:32PM ~~ I'm not afraid. Greece has yet to have difficulty attracting teachers. Now that layoffs are coming, I think people might suddenly get an improved work ethic ;)

Anonymous said...

So let me see if I understand this.

An employment opportunity has been created for evaluators because MisAdministrators just won't have time to move their fat butts from their offices.

A second opportunity exists for low dwelling lawyers to represent "teachers" who got honest evaluations because the evaluator didn't like them.

A third opportunity is created for scumbag lawyers who will bring sexual harassment cases for "teachers" who claim they got an honest evaluation fir failing to submit to a superior's request.

Taxpayers continue to get screwed, kids continue to be drugged & entertained rather than taught.
Politicians at State level get more campaign dollars.

We all get to watch more cheap commercials on TV brought to us by teacher unions and incompetent non-performers remain on the payroll.

Sounds like a wonderful system.

How is it we had teachers who taught and students who learned before Teacher Unions?

SCATS said...

To 12:33AM ~~ Shhh!! That's the secret they use in other countries, like China & India ;)