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State Board of Education Approves Changes to Educator Evaluation

The State Board of Education

The State Board of Education listens to a presentation on changes to educator evaluation recommended by PEAC.

The State Board of Education early this afternoon approved changes to Connecticut’s Guidelines for Educator Evaluation. The State Board acted on recommendations from the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC).

According to Commissioner Stefan Pryor, the emphasis on interim assessments in the revised guidelines is an important point. “PEAC has not offered definition to the term interim assessment. There was some discussion, but there was no resolution. Some members of PEAC expressed the concern that interim assessments be valid and reliable, and there was discussion that districts be able to select interim assessments that work for them,” Pryor said.

Pryor said he believes, “There need to be parameters and criteria for the selection of these interim assessments for districts.”

Before the State Board took the vote on the guidelines, Joe Vrabley, a board member, expressed concern.

“Every 30 days I get rated when my bank looks at my profit and loss statement, “ Vrabley said.

He continued, “We did some great things in reform. Now everybody is nervous. Is it confusion over Common Core or is it that people don’t want to be held accountable?”

Vrabley urged the board to continue monitoring reform, “Shame on us if we don’t come back and stand up for our conviction.”

  1. Linda Cady #

    Linda, you are absolutely correct! Joe doesn’t realize we are accountable for so much more than test scores. But of course, everyone with at least a 6th grade education already knows how to teach and be effective in the classroom. Nice alliteration, by the way.

    May 8, 2014
  2. Linda #

    Kids are not data points on a profit and loss statement. Teaching is a human interaction built on mutual trust and respect. Another bumbling, bloviating, business buffoon who babbles edunonsense. Spend a week in a classroom and then get back to us Joe.

    May 7, 2014

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