Concerns raised over impact of new teacher evaluations
Published 4:28 pm, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Superintendent of Schools David Title has expressed concerns over the possible impact of new mandates under education reform laws passed in June by the state legislature.
Title on Tuesday told the Board of Education that the new regulations -- An Act Concerning Educational Reform -- may cause a "significant impact on the school system," potentially in the area of teacher evaluation.
In particular, Title pointed to a new mandate requiring teachers to be classified into one of four performance indicators -- exemplary, proficient, developing and below standard. Furthermore, the state will evaluate the ratings, requiring the district to upload a large amount of data about teachers and administrators to the state, he said.
"You can see the complexity of this is going to be massive," he said during an update on teacher and administrative evaluation plans for 2013-14, adding that principals will have to arrange three separate observations of every teacher. "That's a great concern of mine."
The district will also have to buy the software to conduct the teacher evaluations and gather the data and then train and allocate personnel to do the evaluations, he said.
"There's a lot of unanswered questions on this," he said, adding there is a movement to push the initiative off by a year. "It looks like it's a significant burden."
During his update, Title provided documents from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education outlining "three major changes of interest" pertaining to teacher preparation and certification, teacher evaluation and teacher tenure.
Board Chairwoman Pamela Iacono asked Title to track the costs and time to be devoted to the initiative, being piloted at about a dozen districts, to report on its impact in regard to cost and time spent on carrying it out.
In response to a question from board member Sue Brand, Title said he did not know the endeavor's cost, being paid for by the state for the pilot schools.
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