Knox County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jim McIntyre, answered questions about the new state teacher evaluations and announced some early results about Knox County teachers at a town hall meeting on Tuesday evening.
McIntyre told the small crowd gathered in the auditorium at Bearden High School that 600 Knox County teachers have started the evaluation process. As of November 8, 2011, 50% of them have earned a "3" grade. Teachers are graded on a scale of one to five; one is lowest, five is highest. He said those early numbers are average and in line with state expectations. For comparison, 22% of teachers earned a "4", 7.5% earned a "5", 21% earned a "2", and .4% earned a "1". Newer teachers have to earn "4's" and "5's" to eventually earn tenure.
"I think there needs to be some staff development on it so we can see a four or a five teacher. Show us photos. Show us videos of what a four or a five teacher looks like," said Sherry Morgan, President of the Knox County Education Association and a long-time Knox County teacher.
McIntyre said the evaluations are designed to promote growth and support teachers in those efforts. He also said the district will provide teachers with other forms of support to earn higher evaluation grades, "Specific workshops and seminars on some of the instructional strategies that are supported by the evaluation system."