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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gov. Kasich pushes for teacher performance-based criteria

Gov. John Kasich wants teachers in Ohio to be paid for what they are worth. This week, he is asking teachers to give ideas about how the state can fix the teacher evaluation system.
At a screening of "Waiting for Superman" - a documentary that looks at the public education in the United States. Kasich stated to a crowd that he wants performance-based pay for teachers.
"We ultimately want teachers  to be paid -as you saw in the movie-  we would like to pay them over $100,000," he said in the Waiting for Superman screening YouTube video. "What they do is so critically important, but we would like to do it on the basis of performance and be able to distinguish those who can really do it and those who can't."
The Associated Press recently did a  Q&A with Legislators on new guidelines for the teacher evaluations.
The state superintendent would create a framework the districts must use for the evaluations, however, the plan wouldn't go into effect until the 2012-2013 school year, according to AP.
It's not clear what the performance reviews would ultimately entail.
It has been suggested that 50 percent of the teacher evaluations would be based on state test scores, according to the AP.
Also, parents and students could be involved in the process.
However, some disagree that state test scores are a proper way to evaluate  teachers.
Some classes such as music and art don't have state tests, Kirtland Education Association President Scott Greenlee said
"I am optimistically cautious about parents evaluating teachers," he added.
He said it may work, but could be hard to take out a bias out of an evaluation if that parent has personal feelings about the teacher.
Greenlee said that maybe schools should look at practices at area colleges, which the students evaluates the professor at the end of the course.
"This could be an internal reflection for teachers," he said.
Kasich has invited educators to share ideas about performance criteria. and said they have heard from about 100 teachers already.
"I would like to hear from a couple 1,000 teachers," he said.
He added, "This is not a game, this is not a political posture. If you know of a teacher who is very concerned about getting it right on performance criteria, we want them to participate."
To participate, click on link or contact the governors office by phone at 614-366-3555 to share opinions. 

Angela Gartner
AGartner@News-Herald.com

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about special ed teachers? How can their pay be based soley on merit? The parents should earn the merit pay, thinking that education is soley the responsibility of the pubilc school systems, when education starts at the home.

June 17, 2011 at 7:23 AM 

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