Will focus on black students mean more teacher scrutiny?
Until Pinellas schools revamp their improvement plans, it’s unclear exactly how the new legal agreement regarding black students will change things. But Pinellas school board member Mary Brown says it should force schools to pay closer attention to classroom-by-classroom results, and to adjust accordingly.
“The big thing (about the agreement) will be to really monitor the classroom and the teachers working with these students to see if the teachers need extra help in order for the student to be successful,” Brown told The Gradebook. “I truly believe all students truly can learn if we as adults can find the best strategies for the particular children.”
“One of the things I have always asked for is for us to look at the classroom that those children are coming out of who are not succeeding and to see if those teachers need some extra help. I don’t think that has been done. I think this (the legal agreement) is an effort to do that.”
“When we see the number of students that do not pass the FCAT and so forth, we should have been looking at what classrooms are these students coming out of? If you look each year and you see they’re coming out of certain classrooms then you need to look at what extra things do you need to offer to help that teacher.”
On a related note: The Pinellas agreement doesn’t say anything that specific about teacher evaluation or quality. But the state’s new differentiated accountability program does. For all schools in the Prevent II and Correct II categories, it says, “District reviews/replaces staff who have not contributed to learning gains.”
Pinellas has three schools in Prevent II and 37 in Correct II.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter