teacher evaluation http://ripr.org en At Start of New School Year, A Reprieve for Teachers http://ripr.org/post/start-new-school-year-reprieve-teachers <p>Rhode Island teachers can breathe a sigh of relief as they go about the usual business of preparing for a new school year. State officials have announced a delay in the use of student test scores in the teachers’ annual performance ratings.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:24:02 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 20633 at http://ripr.org Teachers to Sound Off on Education Policy http://ripr.org/post/teachers-sound-education-policy <p>Rhode Island’s two teachers’ unions are holding a forum for teachers to discuss their dissatisfaction with new policies in the state’s public schools.</p><p>Teachers have complained about the pace of changes under State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and they are particularly concerned about new annual teacher evaluations, which include test scores as one measure of teacher effectiveness. The teachers have asked the state to slow down implementation of the evaluations, saying they are time consuming and need adjustment.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:23:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15511 at http://ripr.org Business Supports Gist http://ripr.org/post/business-supports-gist <p>Business leaders are coming out in support of Deborah Gist, the state’s controversial education commissioner. <em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that two dozen business organizations have asked the State Board of Education to renew Gist’s contract, which is currently under review.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 13:50:10 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15326 at http://ripr.org Mass ties teacher performance to hiring http://ripr.org/post/mass-ties-teacher-performance-hiring <p>Massachusetts lawmakers have <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/06/27/mass_house_backs_teacher_evaluation_bill/" target="_blank">swiftly</a> passed a bill calling for all school districts to use new teacher evaluations and reduce the role of seniority in personnel decisions.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:06:41 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8384 at http://ripr.org