published Monday, October 31st, 2011

Tennessee education commissioner wants teacher evaluation streamlined

NASHVILLE — State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced today he will ask the State Board of Education to streamline the state’s new teacher evaluation system.

“We have said from the beginning that we will listen and respond to feedback from educators on this evaluation model, and that is exactly what we’re doing,” Huffman said in a news release.

The “adjustment made sense, and, if approved, our evaluation system will be stronger because of it,” he said.

Huffmann had come under pressure from teachers and some lawmakers to alter the new evaluation process.

According to the department, the change allows principals to conduct two of the required in-class observations in succession, allowing principals to conduct just one pre- and post-conference meeting for the combined observation.

In addition to streamlining the process, the move would allow greater scheduling flexibility both for principals and teachers.

Some school boards have objected to the new evaluation process, but the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents recently approved a resolution supporting the model.

The Education Department quoted the executive director of the superintendents’ association, Keith Brewer, saying school directors recognize the state’s use of the TEAM model “is an effective way to improve instruction among all teachers.”

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Sane_n_RedState said...

Teachers have legitimate concerns about this controversial evaluation system. They might have one more if they understood its origin.

The state Department of Education would like for them to believe that the model, known as the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM), was developed with input from Tennessee educators:

But TEAM was packaged and sold to Tennessee by a California operation known as the National Institute for Excellence in Education (NIEE):

NIEE was founded by Lowell Milken, a former “junk bond” operator with no background in education:

Milken became an education entrepreneur after being barred (along with brother Michael) from working in the investment industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission:

With a backlash developing in Tennessee against TEAM, the nation is focused on Tennessee’s new endeavor:

October 31, 2011 at 6:34 p.m.
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