Teacher Evaluation Report Due to General Assembly in Mid-July

Commissioner Huffman

The state’s top school leaders are due to issue report to the legislature in a few weeks on Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. A press release from the state’s largest teacher’s union says it will likely contain a new plan for handling grievances. State officials won’t get into that kind of detail, but some degree of change is expected.

Although he says the specifics are still a matter of discussion within the department, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says next month’s report to the legislature will include tweaks to the way teachers are graded. And he says the evaluations will likely continue to evolve for the foreseeable future.

“We’re trying to improve a system that has not generated the kind of student results that we all wish it would and so it’s incumbent on everyone who works in the system every year to try and make it a little bit better.”

An outside review by education group SCORE backed up the contention of many teachers that the evaluation structure’s emphasis on test data is unfair for educators whose classes aren’t tested by the state. It also found that principals need more time if they’re going to complete all of the classroom observations the state currently requires.

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