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Pinellas eying new uses for teacher evaluation data



The Pinellas school board is slated to spend 30 minutes discussing a “pilot teacher appraisal proposal” at its workshop tomorrow. Given that Pinellas is only in its second year of a new, controversial teacher evaluation system, that’s a hot-ticket agenda line – and a mysterious one at that, seeing as no related documents are posted online yet.

Donna Winchester, the schools’ director for strategic communications, said in an email that staff is considering implementing a system “that will focus on using evaluation data to determine what types of professional development teachers would most benefit from to get better at what they do.” In other words, staff has developed a way to take the new evaluation data and use it to help teachers improve their craft.

Taking the results of a teacher’s evaluation, making conclusions about that teacher’s strengths and weaknesses, and applying those conclusions to the teacher’s training is not a crazy concept. But given the controversy surrounding the new evaluation system, which relies heavily on students’ test scores, the translation of evaluation results into teacher training could be a talker.

Winchester  said that no details are available online because “no materials have been produced at this point,” but there should be some documents available for board members on Thursday. Lisa Grant, the schools’ director of professional development, is scheduled to lead the presentation at the workshop.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:24am]


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