Educator Effectiveness panel votes on evaluation system
Today in Annapolis, a work group set up by the governor to write a new teacher evaluation system issued its first report and it gives a lot of latitude to the seven school systems piloting it this coming school year, including the city and Baltimore County. The vote was 13 to 7 with pretty much all the members who represented teachers unions voting against the framework. Half of a teacher's evalution will be based on student growth, but it may well include portfolios of student work or benchmark tests. Of the 50 percent, 20 percent will be decided by the local system. One of the main points of discussion today was whether a teacher could still be rated as effective if her or his students weren't making academic progress. The answer was no.
Maryland has taken a go slow approach, and got special approval by the federal government late Friday to make the pilot a two year process. So after the seven districts pilot the evaluation system, the task force can come back and make changes. Then all 24 school districts will use it in the 2012-2013 school year on a no fault basis, giving state officials another year to make changes before it takes effect in the 2013-2014 school year.