The State Board of Education early this afternoon approved changes to Connecticut’s Guidelines for Educator Evaluation. The State Board acted on recommendations from the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC).
According to Commissioner Stefan Pryor, the emphasis on interim assessments in the revised guidelines is an important point. “PEAC has not offered definition to the term interim assessment. There was some discussion, but there was no resolution. Some members of PEAC expressed the concern that interim assessments be valid and reliable, and there was discussion that districts be able to select interim assessments that work for them,” Pryor said.
Pryor said he believes, “There need to be parameters and criteria for the selection of these interim assessments for districts.”
Before the State Board took the vote on the guidelines, Joe Vrabley, a board member, expressed concern.
“Every 30 days I get rated when my bank looks at my profit and loss statement, “ Vrabley said.
He continued, “We did some great things in reform. Now everybody is nervous. Is it confusion over Common Core or is it that people don’t want to be held accountable?”
Vrabley urged the board to continue monitoring reform, “Shame on us if we don’t come back and stand up for our conviction.”