Delaware teacher evaluations could see less focus on test scores Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Delaware would all but eliminate the role of test scores in teacher evaluations if a bill in the General Assembly passes. The practice has been part of an ongoing debate about measuring student achievement.
The state currently requires that annual appraisals of educators include how well student scores grew on the state standardized test if they teach a subject included on that exam. But Rep. Earl Jaques, D-Glasgow, chairman of the House Education Committee, said the system is too narrowly focused and doesn’t accurately reflect the abilities of the educator.
I am not a big fan of federally seeded local public school student assessment and certainly not a fan of holding teachers accountable on the skewed testing outcomes. However, what are the “transparent” means to hold teachers accountable?
Rep Jaques says, “the system is too narrowly focused”! Is he referring to the common core standards? And what about parents rights to opt their child out the skewed testing process?
Before our legislators throw in the towel on using the Smarter Balanced Testing results as “one” of the measurements in teacher evaluation perhaps he offer and an alternative plan!
“In the NFL, when a team goes to draft a player, they don’t look at one game and make a decision based on that,” he said. “They evaluate them over the course of a long time.”
Hello McFly Jaques ! Education our children is a sport and you analogy has no relevancy!
State Department of Education spokeswoman Alison May in statement said state officials “expressed some concerns to the sponsor” and is glad that the state is starting with a pilot.
“We agree the system should be improved, but have concerns that this bill will make the student achievement component, and the whole evaluation, less useful in identifying the most effective teaching practices as well as areas in which educators need more support,” May said.
May said the department was open to changes like excluding the test scores of students who miss more than 15 percent of class time.
I can’t believe I am say this! But for once I can side with DE DOE! And excluding student test scores of those students and their parents don’t give a rat’s ass is a step in the right direction.
Delaware’s largest teacher union supports the bill.
“This really focuses on the student as a whole, not just a test score,” said Jackie Kook, a Christina School District teacher and member of the Delaware State Education Association. “The test score is easy because it is uniform, but it doesn’t reflect all the many things we do.”
So true and the weight of poverty in a class room needs to be factored in! I think a good way to weed out those in the profession who are cutting it is ending the VT process for those teachers who receive and unsatisfactory school level evaluation. Why push under-performing teachers to other schools? Most of the VT’s end up in high-needs schools.
So before our state legislators support Rep Jaques, they need to demand an acceptable teacher accountability plan. Also, we might want to wait until Governor Carney takes the oath of office.