State Panel Suggests Student Test Results be Part of Teacher Evals

The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council has told the state Board of Education that student and parental input should also play a role in evaluating teachers.


The state Board of Education next week will consider recommendations from the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council, a panel charged with reviewing the way teacher evaluations are performed, which will include proposals that teachers be evaluated, to a large degree, by how well their students perform on standardized tests.

The council also has suggested to the state board that annonymous input from parents and students be considered when teachers are evaluated, according to a report in the Connecticut Mirror.

The board will consider the council's recommendations when it meets next week.

The change in the way the state's 50,000 public school teachers are evaluated is the result of a sweeping education reform law that was pushed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the last legislative session and approved by the General Assembly.

Malloy's reform proposals were widely criticized by teachers and their unions, but a compromise package was eventually approved. That deal sets in place, for the first time, a system by which teacher tenure and decisions on firing teachers will be tied to their evaluations, reviews that in turn will be tied to student performance.

The state Board of Education is now hammering out the details of how the new process will be implemented.

Amo Probus June 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It's about time!
Tolerance Rocks June 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Go to www.ratemyteachers.com.
WT June 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Using test scores to evaluate teachers sounds easy. Give all the students a standardized test and see who's tudents do the best. The 800 lb gorrilla in the room nobody is talking about is who is going to pay for writing and scoring all of these tests? As it is, the state can barely afford the current CMT and CAPT tests. In the high school alone each department has a dozen or so different classes, many of them taught at different levels. That's potentially a hundred or more different tests just for the core subjects. What about PE, Art, Music, Special Ed and all of the other electives? How do you create a written test for those subjects? Then there is the 800 lb elephant. How do you evaluate teachers who work with the more educationally challenged students who will never do well on a standardized test? How do you differentiate between a teacher who teaches many honors level classes and one who teachers the non-honors classes? Nothing is ever as easy at it seems.
Connecticut15 September 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Test results are not the only indicators of a well working learning environment. Education is a two way street - learning and teaching. Each component requires effort and earnest care. Who evaluates the teacher? If an administrator has never taught that course or that level, by what metrics are they measuring the effectiveness of the teacher? Does the HR department keep a vital, ongoing record of all communications from parents regarding the teacher - knowing full well that most communications might be negative, but what if those records are not kept? We know that an administrator can sit with a teacher and hear what will be done. How do we know whether the proposed actions are followed through with or are effective? Close the loop, get feedback from the students and parents. Did what was promised occur? What was the outcome? If all these aspects are included with test results, then the evaluation may be fairer. It may even give us the roadmap for increasing the successes for both student and teacher.


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