SCORE Education Group Suggests Changes to Teacher Evaluations in Tenn.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

An education advocacy group recommended changes to a Tennessee teacher evaluation system that many classroom instructors now see as skewed toward punishing them rather than helping them improve.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) report, based on a five-month review and involving commentary from more than 27,000 individuals, says only 29 percent of teachers participating in the review think the system will help them become better educators.

Many of the problems stem from "remaining gaps in the development and implementation of measures of the evaluation system," SCORE said.

Jim McIntyre, Knox County schools superintendent, and Sherry Morgan, president of the Knox County Education Association, agreed with SCORE's proposal for dealing with one of those gaps.

Almost two-thirds of teachers now have 50 percent of their evaluation based on assessment scores for all children in their school, not just those in their classroom. The testing data on students is not collected for the subjects and grades taught by these teachers.

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