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Pasco teachers, administration reach deal on evaluations



After months of negotiations, representatives from the United School Employees of Pasco and the school district administration arrived late Thursday at a tentative deal for the implementation of new state-mandated teacher evaluations.

"This was the big issue," said USEP lead negotiator Jim Ciadella.

Among the terms:

  • Teachers are not required to demonstrate all 41 teaching strategies on the district evaluation model in a single observed instructional period.
  • Administrators are expected to recuse themselves from evaluating teachers with whom they have a clear conflict of interest, such as having their own child assigned to that teacher.
  • Teachers with students not assessed by the FCAT will be evaluated based on school-wide reading and math valued-added learning gains.
  • In the event of layoffs, reductions will be based first on teachers’ 2010-11 evaluations.

See the agreement attached below.

Contract talks are not yet complete, though. Disagreements remain on implementation of the district's furlough days. The district did not have an executed contract for teachers last year until late May. Read our full story here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:48pm]


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