The Osceola School District drew attention to the results of the spring 2017 (FSA) Florida Standards Assessments and (EOC) End-of-Course assessments, showing many gains across nearly every subject and grade level that took the tests and did their talking with … Continue reading
Let’s face it. Not everyone is a fan of standardized testing. It stresses out students, parents and even teachers. And very often, it ends up driving the curriculum and teaching of a classroom. We’ve all heard of teaching to the … Continue reading
Lately we’ve seen a lot of talk about the way teachers are being evaluated and if what’s currently in place is efficient. Also, this topic has come about as some teachers who are no longer efficient aren’t able to be fired or reassigned because of tenure systems. The most recent example of this is something I saw this morning in Education Week. It talks about the newly revamped system in Tennessee that is causing quite an uproar.
The new evaluation program, developed in connection with the federal Race to the Top grant competition, grades teachers on both student test scores and multiple classroom observations. As of now, the observations seem to be the primary sticking point, with both teachers and principals complaining that they are cumbersome and unfair. The article notes that, among other things, the evaluators are required to use a three-page checklist to review teachers’ lessons plans…