Tennessee’s public school teachers have been promised better raises over the next few years. But top officials are holding off on saying just how much that will be.
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Tennessee’s public school teachers are finding that a new evaluation system isn’t as bad as they once feared. Vanderbilt Peabody College has collected feedback from thousands of teachers since the ramped-up observations began in 2011. The latest survey was released Wednesday.
US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Tennessee is “Exhibit A” for changes he says treat teachers as professionals rather than “interchangeable cogs in an educational assembly line.”
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.
Governor Bill Haslam says the state could soon make changes to its controversial system for evaluating teachers. An outside review of the evaluation process is due out this week.
After receiving mountains of mail from teachers, state lawmakers got the messages in person Wednesday. During a hearing about a new evaluation system, educators forecast a mass exodus from the profession if changes aren’t made.
Republican state lawmakers are suggesting tweaks to a new teacher evaluation system that has drawn a flood of criticism from educators. Democrats say it could be too flawed to fix.
When Tennessee teachers return to school this month, they’ll face a brand new way of being scored on their performance. Classroom observations will make up about half of that score, and the state plans to make the results of those in-class critiques available almost in real time.
For years, school principals have visited classrooms to watch teachers in action. Now those known classroom observations are being transformed and multiplied.
A panel of educators and state lawmakers are taking on a tricky question: how should the state evaluate teachers’ effectiveness when there’s no standardized data to show what their students have learned?
Tying teacher evaluations to student achievement could help Tennessee win a massive Race to the Top grant from the federal government, but some are concerned about the potential ramifications.
The governor’s “Race to the Top” education legislation is due to go to the state Senate floor Friday morning. The House version emerged from the Education Committee Thursday afternoon with a few changes.