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…

State Decision Makers Act on Teachers’ Concerns

The state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) has been consumed in recent years by reports from consultants, disagreements about what’s best for students and teachers, and plenty of eduspeak—all in pursuit of a new teacher evaluation system. But it only took commonsense comments from thousands of teachers for PEAC to reach consensus about new flexibility…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on New Flexibility Options in Teacher Evaluation

While this is a significant improvement for Connecticut students in public schools, it is only a first step in modifying existing guidelines and removing obstacles that hinder a student-focused system of public education. With today’s PEAC improvements, parents and communities can be confident that teachers will be able to enhance their impact on students—a focus…

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…

CEA, Parents, and Educators Speak Out About Teacher Evaluation

CEA Executive Director Mary Loftus Levine, parents, and teachers told members of the State Board of Education today that they are concerned about the potential overreliance on standardized test scores in teacher evaluations. “Teachers are very concerned about the direction and process that appears to be evolving on the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), and…