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Teacher evaluations could be tied to students' test scores!

posted Mar 28, 2010, 12:24 PM by Website Manager

March 24, 2010, the Education Committee passed two bills, H.B. #5491 ‘An Act Concerning Certain School District Reforms to Reduce the Achievement Gap in Connecticut’ and S.B. #440 ‘An Act Concerning School Districts and Teacher Performance Programs that will now go to various committees for action.

 

H.B. #5491 ‘ An Act Concerning Certain School District Reforms to Reduce the Achievement Gap in Connecticut has eleven sections, the most egregious being the ability for parents to take over a Title I school that is in the second year of corrective action. 180 schools would be affected in 31 school districts.

We oppose sections which would do the following:

·         By signing a petition, parents can form councils and assume school governance roles now performed by you, administrators and boards of education – the so called “parent trigger.”

·         Schools are then forced into reform models which eliminate teachers and principals, close schools and/or privatize them.

·         Ties 50% of your evaluation directly to high stakes student test scores.

 

S.B. #440 ‘An Act Concerning School Districts and Teacher Performance Programs

This bill also creates a teacher evaluation system based on “student academic growth as a significant factor in rating teacher performance,” among other things.

 CEA opposes both bills and supports true models for real parent involvement and multiple measures of student growth to be a factor in teacher evaluation.

 Contact your legislators today. Tell them teachers are tired of being scapegoated because of the lack of adequate resources. Teachers should not be the victim of the inappropriate use of high stakes tests which are not reliable indicators of their success or that of their students.

 Click here to write to your legislator:  http://www.capwiz.com/nea/ct/issues/alert/?alertid=14859876&type=ML

 

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