|Published: 9:20 AM, 06/19/2013
||Last updated: 9:21 AM, 06/19/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
What's in a number?
In July 2011, Tennessee became one of
the first states in the country to implement an annual evaluation
system as a key tenet of the First to the Top Act, which was adopted
in 2010 under the backdrop of the federal Race to the Top
Monroe County uses the TEAM (Tennessee
Educator Acceleration Model) for their evaluations. TEAM includes
multiple measures for looking at performance of educators and
administrators in a school system.
The evaluation system differentiates
teachers into five effectiveness groups: Significantly Below
Expectations (1) to Significantly Above Expectations (5).
"It's 5-4-3-2-1, not A-B-C-D-F," said Monroe County Director of Schools Mike Lowry.
The rating is calculated based on 50
percent qualitative data and 50 percent quantitative data.
Quantitative data is comprised of student achievement dat--35
percent of which is based on student growth as represented by the
Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) or a comparable
measure and 15 percent of which is based on additional measures of
student achievement. Qualitative measures consists of teacher
observations, personal conferences and a review of prior evaluations
"Under this evaluation system, a core
of a three is considered rock solid," said Lowry. "A three
doesn't equal a C."
Lowry said the new evaluation system
has been an adjustment for teachers and administrators.
See full story in the Wednesday, June 19, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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