Today’s American Family Radio News story on Colorado’s approval of new educator effectiveness rules featured comments from the Education Policy Center. Senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow put the development in context for reporter Bob Kellogg:
“Only a handful of other states are doing what Colorado is doing in tying teacher and principal evaluations to measures of student performance and making that a significant factor in keeping teachers and promoting teachers, and hopefully someday how we pay teachers, too,” he reports.
As a result, Colorado will continue to receive a lot of attention in the education reform world:
The public policy analyst is certain that other states will be closely watching how successfully Colorado puts the program into practice when it is implemented in all school districts next year.
The pilot of the new evaluation systems will cover about 30 of Colorado’s 178 school districts in 2012-13 before going statewide the following year. For more on the topic, read DeGrow’s recent op-ed that appeared in the Greeley Tribune and Summit Daily News and visit the Colorado Department of Education’s Educator Effectiveness pages.
Update, 3/13: Ben also was quoted in an article for School Reform News about the legislature’s adoption of rules redefining teacher and principal evaluations:
“In many school districts, 99 or 98 percent of teachers are being rated ‘effective,’” DeGrow said. “There was nothing distinguishing the great teachers from the good teachers and very little distinguishing the good teachers from the poor teachers. The system needed to be revamped.”