teacher evaluations

The Education Blog
9:14 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Lawmakers Halt High Stakes Testing, Alter Teacher Evaluations

In a move that seemed almost unthinkable before a change in leadership at the House of Representatives, Rhode Island lawmakers have suspended the use of standardized test scores as part of a high school diploma until at least 2017. Lawmakers have also approved legislation that limits the frequency of teacher evaluations for most teachers.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High Stakes Testing, Teacher Evaluations Remain in the Mix

The General Assembly is expected to wrap up the session today, with two key education issues still under discussion.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has indicated he may bring a vote on a move to stop the use of standardized testing as a requirement for high school graduation. The measure was considered dead in the water under former House Speaker Gordon Fox, but Mattiello says he is concerned about the impact of the testing requirement on students with special needs. One compromise could involve suspending the testing rule for students with special needs.

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The Education Blog
9:19 am
Wed May 28, 2014

House Approves Rollback of Teacher Evaluations

In a 68-3 vote, the Rhode Island House has approved a bill easing teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers.

The bill calls for teachers who earn effective or highly effective ratings to be evaluated just once every three to four years, instead of the current policy of annual reviews.

If the bill becomes law, new teachers and teachers with low evaluation ratings would still be evaluated on an annual basis.

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The Education Blog
9:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

House Committee Approves Change in Teacher Evaluations

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has approved a bill that would do away with annual teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers in the state.

The bill calls for evaluations just once every three to four years for teachers rated as effective or highly effective, categories that cover some 95 percent of teachers. 

If the bill passes the full House and Senate, new teachers and poorly rated teachers would still receive annual evaluations.

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The Education Blog
8:54 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Senate Vote Scheduled on Teacher Evaluations

The full Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that would make teacher evaluations private under the state’s public record act.

Education officials have argued the evaluations are already private under personnel rules, but they want to make sure they are not considered part of the public record.

Open government advocates oppose the idea of exempting teacher evaluations from the list of public documents. A companion bill in the House is still in committee.

The Education Blog
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Senator Seeks to Limit Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

A bill scheduled for debate Wednesday on Smith Hill would make student test scores no more than one third of a teacher’s annual evaluation. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Michael McCaffrey, a democrat from Warwick. The measure is slated for a hearing this afternoon in the Senate Education Committee.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Gist joins panel on school leadership

State education Commissioner Deborah Gist is slated to discuss Rhode Island’s controversial teacher evaluations during a panel discussion this morning at the Fordham Institute in Washington, DC, a conservative public policy think-tank.

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Education
12:44 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Gist takes message to YouTube

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist speaks directly to teachers about a controversial new evaluation system. The video first appeared on YouTube earlier this month.