Topic: Evaluations

Key Lawsuit Win on Teacher Evaluations; News on Vouchers, School Nurses and Retiree Health Care

Nurse-Staffing Notification, Community Schools, Employee Decision-Making, Accountability Bills Gain Ground:  HB 1847 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), a good bill requiring parents to be notified when their child's school does not have a school nurse available throughout the school day, won quick, unanimous approval in the House Public Education Committee yesterday. Strong testimony by school nurse Starla Reichek of the...

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Rollback of Simplistic A-F School Ratings Approved in House Committee

The House Public Education Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to revise and roll back the simplistic A-F school-rating scheme enacted in 2015. The bipartisan unanimity for HB 22 bodes well for the ratings rollback in the full House. HB 22 as approved in committee delays the first use of the A-F rating system until the 2019-2020 school year. Through 2018-2019...

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A Bad Use of Teacher Evaluations by Certification Board Blocked

Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi and other teacher advocates joined forces with sensible members of the State Board for Educator Certification last week to squelch a bad legislative proposal relating to teacher evaluation last week. A committee of SBEC members came up with the notion that SBEC ought to get hold of individual teacher evaluations as a gauge of...

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Texas AFT Fights on Two Fronts against Ill-conceived Policies on Teacher Evaluation, Files New Lawsuit against State

Texas AFT issued the following statement to the media today on the filing of a new lawsuit challenging the legality of new state administrative rules on teacher evaluation: With a 2014 lawsuit filed in federal court in Houston, Texas AFT pioneered the legal challenge to the misuse of student test scores as the basis for high-stakes teacher appraisal in Texas....

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Lawsuits Multiply Against Value-Added Teacher Evaluation in Texas

Scheduled for trial in September is a federal lawsuit, backed by Texas AFT and brought by our Houston Federation of Teachers affiliate, challenging the misuse of so-called “value-added methodology” in teacher evaluation.  Kindred lawsuits now have been filed by other educators in state court against a revised state appraisal policy, promulgated by the Texas Education Agency, that encourages school districts...

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Texas AFT Comments on Proposed State-Recommended Appraisal System

For several years the Texas Education Agency has been developing a new appraisal model for teachers, with scores of districts participating voluntarily in piloting the new system. Now the agency has promulgated proposed administrative rules for implementing the appraisal model. Texas AFT took advantage of the public-comment period on the draft rules today by submitting more than a dozen specific...

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Texas Still Rightly Resisting Federal Pressure to Appraise Teachers Based on Students’ Test Scores

The Texas Education Agency has been developing and piloting a new state teacher-evaluation system that gives significant weight to the scores of a teacher’s students on state exams. State Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has said that he expects 85 percent or more of school districts to adopt this state template voluntarily, but he also concedes he lacks the authority...

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