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Bedford Central Adopts Preliminary Teacher Evaluation System

The system calls for ratings of four different levels, with evaluation processes running from October to the spring.

The Bedford Central School District is moving closer to implementing a new evaluation system for teachers and principals, with a preliminary plan in place.

The preliminary plan, adopted by the school board at its Sept. 7 meeting, is to the state's Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process. In a nutshell, the process involves evaluations of performance by conferring ratings of "highly effective," "effective," "developing" and "ineffective."

The basis for the ratings are drawn from a series of items and extensive data, including student test scores, student performance on local curricula, short visits by supervisors, planning, self-assessment, conferences with evaluators, a mid-year check-in and a final evaluation.

“This plan increases our capacity to collaboratively improve teaching and learning," said Andrew Patrick, assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction, who gave the school board an update.

A grading rubric for the ratings has already been developed for teachers. For example, under a tentiative plan listed by the district but not finalized, a score of 52-60 corresponds to "highly effective" in the best case, and with a score of 9-18 corresponding to "ineffective" in the worst. A rubric scoring scale has not been devleoped yet for principals.

Employees deemed to be "ineffective" and "developing" will be subject to improvement plans. Although the details have not been worked out yet, they could include outlines what areas that need work, timelines for improvement and how to assess improvement.

For the 2011-12 school year, only teachers and principals from grades 4-8 in English Language Arts and Math are subject to the process, according to Patrick. For 2012-13, the requirements will be district wide, and also expand to include teaching specialists such as guidence counselors.

The evaluation process will take place throughout much of the school year, commencing on Oct. 1, with a final evaluation date for probationary teachers on March 22 and a June 1 date for tenured teachers.

To read the full preliminary plan, click here.

Hank Freeman September 13, 2011 at 01:08 PM
In the abstract, the following statement is made: “The results of the evaluations shall be a significant factor in employment decisions, including promotion, retention, tenure determinations, termination, and supplemental compensation, as well as teacher and principal professional development.” Can someone point me to where, in that document, the plan actually allows for that? I see the opposite, that the union contract governs these matters just like today, that nothing changes in this regard. Hoping I missed it somewhere. Thanks.
Shar September 13, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Hank, You are a good Watchman... we need to get the UNION out of our schools and let the parents decide who is a good teacher and what teacher should leave the class and find another form of employment.
elizabeth mclaughlin September 13, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Home School, the State should not be in the business of education. All the schools care about is processing bodies. I do not have children and should also not have to pay for education. It should be the responsibility of the parent and not the government. As one special needs teacher explained to me that she was crucified because the crack children, generational could not learn. And, people had better wake up to the UN, World Bank, Council of Foreign Relations, Vatican, Soros, Obama tapping into Sharia Finance and changing your educational institutions to use as a springboard for their Social Sciences project.
Shar September 13, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Vatican? hmmm What is that one all about....I know the other 4 are for the NWO. The Vatican too?
Jeff Kent September 13, 2011 at 06:52 PM
All of my kids' teachers at MKES have been 'highly effective.' Does my vote count?

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