Despite some members' reservations, a state advisory council agreed Thursday on guidelines for the evaluation of teachers and principals and planned to forward those guidelines to the state Board of Education.
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I support connecting teacher evaluation to promotion and tenure but I do worry about the math.
Let us ignore the fact that VAM may not actually work. Let us ignore the fact that the tests were never designed to look at teacher level effects.
We now have the CMTs and CAPT but states are transfering the Common Core. So we have a test that does not measure the curriculum teachers are required to teach. We also have a curriculum no teacher has ever used.
Then the CMT/CAPT will be replaced. So I have been asking how do you do the statistics with two different outcome measures? I don't think you can. In fact it takes years of longitudinal data for VAM to work. What will happen once we drop the CMT/CAPT?
I am glad for the pilot year. I think we will find that the math behind the 22.5% (I feel better about the additional standardized tests) is quite fuzzy.
The State Board of Education Wednesday approved teacher evaluation requirements that pave the way for up to a third of a teacher's grade to be linked to how his or her students perform on standardized tests.
This new state Department of Education ranking will be used to divy up $39.5 million in special funding for needy school districts. We will be hearing a lot about the District Performance Index (DPI), which is based on a school system’s scores from the Connecticut Mastery Tests.
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning.
Students who don't read during the summer are in danger of falling behind on reading scores. The recent education reform, the Common Core State Standards, also requires kids read harder books at an earlier age.
After holding numerous meetings behind closed doors to finalize details on how teachers and principals will be graded, the State Department of Education has said the public and the media can attend the sessions from now on.
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