State Council Compromises on Teacher Evals

The council came to a consensus on the hotly-debated 22.5 percent of the evaluation, which was originally based on standardized test scores, according to the Hartford Courant.


The state's Performance Evaluation Advisory Council came to a consensus on Thursday over how much (or little) standardized test scores would be considered in Connecticut's new teacher evaluation system, according to the Hartford Courant.

The system, which was , states that 45 percent of teachers' evaluations will be based on student advancement with half of that based on standardized tests results. Teacher unions, however, said that the half — or 22.5 percent — should be based on student behavior, attendance, projects and portfolios instead.

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor proposed on Thursday that teachers and administrators factor in a maximum of one standardized test and a minimum of one non-test indicator as a part of the 22.5 percent. It would be up to the local districts to establish how each element is weighed. Pryor said that coming to a consensus over the 22.5 percent "cleared a major hurdle."

The state Department of Education is also expected to announce on Friday the 10 districts that will participate in the pilot program to test the new system. According to the Courant, the 16 semi-finalists are Bridgeport, Norwalk, CREC, Windsor, Windham, Colchester, Norwich, Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, Watertown, Waterford, Litchfield and Region 6, Cromwell, Plainville and Westbrook.

Brookfield Mom June 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
What about teachers who teach grades or subjects with no standardized tests?
Steven DeVaux June 02, 2012 at 11:18 AM
The teachers union wanted a stacked deck. This is just as bad as No Child Left Behind, only the other way. Testing needs to be done by an independent party not affiliated with nor run by the group and results being measured.
Brookfield Mom June 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I don't see your logic. NCLB was bad because it used a single test to measure student progress. This plan uses the same test (prepared and scored by an independent company) as well as other forms of assessment like portfolios. Wouldn't that give a more complete and accurate picture of student progress?


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