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This is an article from September 17th,
by Kerry Fehr-Snyder - Sept. 17, 2012 09:42 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/20120913chandler-schools-teacher-evaluations.html#ixzz27pjnza2b
This article does not say what Chandler is going to use for all grade levels (Chandler teachers???) but at least they are acknowledging that what they planned to use was a "hot mess" and they should precede slowly. Unfortunately, I do not think the waters will be any less muddy next year.
Chandler Unified School District officials are moving slowly with their new teacher-evaluation system now that at least one-third of the rating by law must be tied to student standardized test scores.
The district has instituted a pilot program this school year using the Marzano Teacher Evaluation System that will be fully implemented for the 2013-14 school year.
Linking teacher evaluations to scores is a nationwide trend. This week, 20,000 public-school teachers in the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike for the first time in 25 years because of declining public-school funding and pressure to use standardized-test scores in teacher evaluations.
Evaluating teachers' effectiveness "is long overdue and something Chandler relishes," said Matt Strom, the Chandler district's director of research and accountability.
But the system is flawed, Strom said, because of a lag time in student test scores on AIMS, Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards. Students also are not randomly assigned to teachers, causing some classes to be filled with smart students who score well on standardized tests, according to Strom.
Many students also study subjects ahead of the grade level in which they're enrolled. Half of the district's junior-high students, for example, take above-level classes, Strom said. Similarly, the district's traditional academies teach students a year ahead.
"My message to the district and the board is to proceed with great caution," Strom said. "Teaching is a collaborative process. We are all in this together."
Teachers are to be labeled highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective. The district has not yet determined how many points out of 600 a teacher must earn to attain each label.
Schools may use results of the Stanford 10 and other standardized tests, but Strom warned against using DIBELS literacy test results as an indicator.
Even makers of that test, which measures reading fluency, warned against the results.
"DIBELS itself says don't use us in teacher evaluations," Strom said, reading from developers' statements.
The district spent $164,000 for the Marzano system. Board President Barb Mozdzen said instituting the system is more difficult than many realize.
"It all becomes very, very muddy," she said.
District Superintendent Camille Casteel has told her staff to implement the system slowly.
"We want it to go gradually," she said.
The Legislature passed a law two years ago requiring that 33 to 50 percent of a teacher's annual evaluation be tied to his or her students' standardized test results.
8 months ago
Great article Anne. I just read something last night that was extremely touching and poignant. I will be sure to share it with my kids tonight. Thanks for the reminder!8 months ago