Nashua schools eye new way to rate teacher performance
Earlier this year, state legislators updated a 2011 law requiring school districts to have teacher evaluation systems, adding a clause that required teachers and principals to be involved in creating the policies.
New Hampshire recently received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. School districts that receive federal educational funding must put in place an evaluation system that uses student achievement as 20 percent of the overall assessment of each teacher. Although standardized test scores are the traditional way to gauge student performance, districts can choose their own measures. School districts have until 2015 to design new teacher assessments.
Nashua's current teacher contract, signed in 2011, outlines an evaluation system that involves a supervisor observing a teacher at work in a classroom. Supervisors incorporate their observations into a written evaluation that is shown to the teacher and kept on file.
However, Haas stressed that evaluations are meant to be starting points for improvement and professional growth rather than for punitive actions or preludes to layoffs.
Laura Hainey, president of the American Federation of Teachers' New Hampshire Chapter, which represents the Nashua Teachers Union, said that teachers recognize the benefits of evaluations.
Hainey said the problem has been that some evaluation approaches have been punitive or subjective. Limited observation times can fail to capture the strengths and talents of teachers, Hainey said.
Hainey said having teachers and administrators participate in setting the standards is a reasonable start.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Thomas Sowell: Liberal urban police policies won't quell riots - 0
- Another View -- Frank Guinta: I am uniquely qualified to represent NH in Congress - 11
- Deroy Murdock: The indictment of Rick Perry is bizarre and unfounded - 0
- Another View - Marc Champion: A strong terror policy would cure Obama's golf woes - 0
- Jonah Goldberg: Obama confuses the TV world with the real one - 2
- George Will: In defense of the defenders - 0
- Roger Simon: Is Ferguson the future? - 0
- Charles Krauthammer: Stopping the worst people on earth - 0
- Lynn Preston's NH Legal Perspectives: What prospective real estate purchasers need to know - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Betsy McCaughey: Congress should take the lead on Iraq - 2
- Man killed in Pelham motorcycle accident wasn't wearing helmet - 0
- Too much FahrvergnŘgen: Nashua man charged with indecent exposure while driving - 2
- Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: Garcia to air her first TV ad - 0
- Boston Red Sox hammer Jays for seven runs in 11th, win 11-7 - 0
- NH Motor Speedway to again host two Sprint Cup Series weekends in 2015 - 0
- St. Anselm football players practice ini August heat - 0
- White, Glenn lift Fisher Cats over Harrisburg, 6-4 - 0
- KSC field hockey first in coaches poll - 0
Backyard boulder kills Raymond homeowner
Reports: Market Basket doomsday plan would shutter 61 of 71 stores if deal not struck soon
GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help
Ohio's Rob Portman: GOP can win back Senate