Posts from July 3rd, 2013
July 3, 2013
- John Liu is investigating $5.6 million the department of ed paid a Chicago firm. (New York Daily News)
- The Chessmates, the chess club at P.S. 503, won a citywide chess competition. (Brooklyn Eagle)
- Arne Duncan responds to Randi Weingarten, Diane Ravitch’s letter on Philly schools. (Education Week)
- Charter school leaders are gathered in D.C. this week for their annual meeting. (Huffington Post)
- Florida passed a law to strengthen the rights of parents of special education students. (Education Week)
- Here’s why teachers should be trained as actors. (KQED MindShift)
- A 40-year veteran teacher wore the same outfit in every single yearbook picture. (Dallas Morning News)
We won’t be publishing Thursday or Friday, but we’ll be back Monday. Have a great Fourth of July holiday!
July 3, 2013
The State Education Department is hoping to mend holes in its evaluation regulations, and it’s using the evaluation plan that Commissioner John King imposed on New York City as its model.
The changes are aimed primarily at eliminating the possibility that teachers could receive final ratings that do not reflect their performance.
One issue revolves around how scores on three subcomponents of evaluations turn into a single rating. Under the state’s scoring rules, there are some scenarios where a teacher could be rated ineffective overall despite scoring “developing” or higher on each subcomponent.
A teacher needs a composite score of at least 65 out of 100 points to be rated developing or higher. But when the state set scoring ranges based on student growth measures, there were a small number of scenarios where a teacher could receive as few as six points out of 40 and still get rated developing on those subcomponents. Any point total under 59 that that teacher received on the remaining 60 points would not meet the 65-point threshold and result in an overall “ineffective.”
“They never took the time to run through all the permutations,” said Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Long Island, who has written about versions of the scoring quirk since the state adopted new teacher evaluation requirements in 2012. (more…)
July 3, 2013
- Sixth graders in the Bronx made a video about making co-location work in their school. (DNAInfo)
- Buffalo’s school superintendent received a good evaluation in her first year on the job. (Buffalo News)
- An advocacy group gave the state mixed reviews on education. (GothamSchools, Dem&Chron)
- Researchers are conducting family training sessions in hopes of boosting gains in school. (NY1)
- In her own words, a senior who overcame an abusive father and homelessness. (GothamSchools)
- A top French foodie was impressed after eating at a city school cafeteria. (Schoolbook, Daily News)
- A teacher’s ties to the local police precinct helped tighten school security in a gang-infested area. (News)
- Facing iffy job security, the head of Cincinnati’s model community school took a new job. (Enquirer)
- The former head of a Brooklyn Catholic school is accused of abusing a student decades ago. (Post)