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Pinellas working on new teacher evaluations



Job eval If you're curious where Pinellas may be headed on a new teacher evaluation system, check out this draft "performance appraisal instrument" here. Again, it's a draft -- and from what we hear, subject to a lot of change.

But there's a lot to think about. Under a draft scoring system, student performance would make up 51 percent of the evaluation, "observable data" (like "uses assessment strategies to evaluate instructional needs") would make up 39 percent and peer review would make up 10 percent. It's still early in the input/review process, so it's not clear how student performance will be defined or measured, or who the peer reviewers will be, or whether the percentages in the draft will remain intact. The draft "might be totally different next week," Marshall Ogletree, executive director of the Pinellas teachers union, told the Gradebook.

What is clear, though, is there will be lots of debate about all of it. The district recently unveiled the draft to principals, who are weighing in. The union will start wading in next week. The School Board is tentatively scheduled to discuss it at workshop next month. The general counsel's office will be taking a close look, too.

The change is in part mandated by the state's differentiated accountability system, in part by existing statutes and in part by a belief, among many, that the current evaluation system is too flawed. Ogletree said the union's goal is for the new system to be a model that can be given a trial run in some schools next year before it is rolled out districtwide.  "There's been discussion of having a two-tier evaluation system next year," he said. It would be better, he said, if "we see how it works (as a model) and build buy in."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:59am]


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