Wisconsin schools test new teacher evaluations
- Associated Press
- August 20, 2013 - 11:00 AM
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Fox Valley school administrators testing teacher evaluations tied to student performance described the process as time-consuming but said they were pleased with its results.
The Winneconne, Neenah, Ripon and Green Lake school districts are among those testing evaluation procedures developed by Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 6 in Oshkosh. The districts are acting before the state requires all schools to adopt uniform evaluations tied to student performance in 2014.
The state Department of Public Instruction is developing an evaluation model that will go into use next year, and Oshkosh is among the school districts waiting for that. The CESA 6 model, called the Effectiveness Project, has been approved as an equivalent to the DPI process.
Keith Fuchs, executive director of the Leadership Services Effectiveness Project with CESA 6, said a key aspect is getting teachers more involved in the evaluation process. Teachers work with administrators to set goals and half of teachers' reviews are based on how they meet those goals.
"I think it's involving teachers more, where in the past it would have been the administrator meets and observes and the teacher's part was just reviewing the (administrator's) observation," Green Lake School District Administrator Ken Bates told Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/19vivjT ).
The evaluation process calls for administrators to visit each teacher's classroom at least three times per year and watch them for at least two hours to see them demonstrate effective teaching techniques. Administrators also meet with teachers to discuss their goals and, eventually, student testing data will be factored into the evaluations.
CESA 6 estimates each evaluation takes eight to 12 hours.
"It's a time commitment, but it's probably one of the most important things we do to make sure our kids are learning," Winneconne Community School District Administrator Peggy Larson said.
Larson said teachers were anxious about the evaluations at first, but now she thinks they would say it was a good learning experience.
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