Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues
Changing teacher evaluations
Chris Quinn, assistant superintendent of instruction, just briefed the Stafford County School Board on new state requirements for teacher evaluations. He presented a lengthy document describing the new requirements and how evaluations might work in Stafford County. You can read along here, if you’d like.
If you want to skip the lengthy document, here are the highlights:
The new evaluations would include student growth and achievement. This would include meeting goals written by the teacher, improving test scores and other measures of student achievement. This does mean that teachers will be evaluated based on test scores, which is often controversial. But Quinn pointed out that under current standards, a teacher wouldn’t get credit if a student improved on Standards of Learning tests but doesn’t pass. Under the new regulations, teachers would get credit for students’ improvement even if the student doesn’t pass.
The state will figure out the student growth percentile based on the SOL scores.
Student surveys will also be part of the evaluation process. Students will receive surveys and will return those to the teacher. Quinn said they would most likely be anonymous.