Getting the New Teacher Evaluation System Right

There will no longer be any ambiguity about whether school superintendents can cede authority to others for final dispute resolution connected with a school district Educator Evaluation and Support plan. Questioned by CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg at a public meeting this week, the State Department of Education’s Chief Talent Officer Sarah Barzee confirmed that…

New teacher evaluation: Was it all worth it?

Dramatic changes in teacher evaluation—too many imposed from above rather than collaboratively developed locally—have drawn legitimate criticism. And as professional educators have advocated for better systems, often they’ve been caught in transition phases that cause everything from angst to tears to valuable time diverted from teaching and learning. Now, as assessments of teacher evaluation overhauls…

Pilot Evaluation Districts Share Experiences with Colleagues

“It’s extremely helpful to hear from the pilot districts as we all plan for implementing the new evaluation guidelines next year,” said Shelton High School Principal Beth Smith. The sentiment was shared by the other members of the Connecticut Advisory Councils for Administrator and Teacher Professional Standards who gathered recently for a joint meeting. The…

State Education Officials Announce Flexibility in Teacher Evaluation Implementation

The state process involving school districts developing new teacher evaluation plans is more fluid than it originally appeared, based on extensive discussion on Monday, February 4, among State Department of Education officials, union leaders, school superintendents, principals, and other stakeholders. The discussion took place at the state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), which reconvened on…

Legislative Action Collides With Advisory Group Intent

CEA is deeply concerned that state lawmakers have diluted this year’s education reform package by establishing legislative language requiring that teachers only have orientation regarding new evaluation models while administrators will be better prepared with full-blown training. State lawmakers took action last night during a Legislative Special Session to pass implementer language necessary to enact…