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By Gera Summerford
A new school year is underway for most school districts across the state. The start of a new year always brings with it a sense of a new beginning. Students have a clean slate, teachers welcome new students in their classrooms and we all have the opportunity to renew our commitment to public education in Tennessee.
The Year 1 Report on implementation of Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system makes some noteworthy observations and recommendations, including the following statement:
“Most teachers in Tennessee are performing at a high level as measured by their impact on student achievement. The majority of teachers in the state are not simply adequate, but exceed expectations against high standards.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Sumner County chancery judge ruled in favor of the Sumner County Education Association in its lawsuit against the Sumner County Board of Education in a lawsuit filed last year by the Sumner County Education Association (SCEA).
On July 11, the State Insurance Committee met to establish premiums for 2013. The overall premium increase for the Local Education Plan is 9.2 percent. A table with the premiums for each Grand Division and plan type can be found here.
The Tennessee School Board Association has made the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act training materials available online on its website. Nearly 20 school districts across the state are participating in collaborative conferencing this year, with many other locals eligible in the coming year. We encourage you to review these materials to get a better understanding of the process. If you have any questions about collaborative conferencing in your district, please contact your UniServ coordinator.
The State Board of Education plans to consider an amendment in its meeting this week that would alter the existing policy for teachers to file an evaluation grievance. The proposed action follows Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman’s April directive establishing a July 15 deadline for grievances on the observation and growth components of the evaluation that directly conflicts with existing Board policy.
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released its report, Supporting Effective Instruction in Tennessee, on Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. The report was commissioned by Gov. Bill Haslam at the end of 2011. SCORE's study included nine roundtable events across the state and an online survey to gather feedback from educators on their concerns with the new evaluation system implemented in the 2011-12 school year.