teacher evaluations http://wrkf.org en Recalibrating Teacher Evaluations Tops New Union President's To-Do List http://wrkf.org/post/recalibrating-teacher-evaluations-tops-new-union-presidents-do-list <p></p><p>Many teachers are frustrated with the new evaluation system, <a href="http://www.louisianabelieves.com/teaching/compass" target="_blank">Compass</a>, which was introduced in public schools across the state this year.</p><p>"What we want is a more common-sense approach to this evaluation problem," said Debbie Meaux, new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who assumed the role July 15.</p><p>She's calling for the state to slow the timeline for the implementation of Compass. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:08:15 +0000 Amy Jeffries 14178 at http://wrkf.org Recalibrating Teacher Evaluations Tops New Union President's To-Do List Senators Reject Delay of Teacher Evaluation, School Grading Changes http://wrkf.org/post/senators-reject-delay-teacher-evaluation-school-grading-changes <p>Attempts to slow down parts of a public education overhaul have been quashed.</p><p>The Senate Education Committee opted Thursday not to take action on a bill that would have put off changes to the school grading system that take ACT results into account.</p><p>Rep. Kenny Havard, who authored the bill, said using the college entrance exam in performance score calculations will penalize schools where career-bound students opt not to prepare for or take the test. Schools graded a “C” or worse by the state can lose students and resources.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:23:12 +0000 Amy Jeffries 11200 at http://wrkf.org Dust Settled, Lawmakers More Measured on Education Reforms http://wrkf.org/post/dust-settled-lawmakers-more-measured-education-reforms <p>Earlier this month, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled that the way the state's private school voucher program was paid for was unconstitutional. It can't be paid for through the Minimum Foundation Formula, or MFP -- the pool of money that supports public education.<br><br>Rep. Kirk Talbot, a Republican from New Orleans who voted in favor of the education overhaul Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed hard for last year, says the missteps in the funding of the voucher program gave some in the legislature, " a little bit of heartburn."<br> Thu, 23 May 2013 13:57:04 +0000 Amy Jeffries 10815 at http://wrkf.org Dust Settled, Lawmakers More Measured on Education Reforms Lawmakers Endorse Delay of Teacher Evaluation Consequences http://wrkf.org/post/lawmakers-endorse-delay-teacher-evaluation-consequences <p>The House Education Committee has agreed to a proposal that would delay the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system for another year while school districts work out any kinks. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:50:12 +0000 Associated Press 9439 at http://wrkf.org EBR Schools Official: Teacher Evaluations Difficult, But Necessary http://wrkf.org/post/ebr-schools-official-teacher-evaluations-difficult-necessary <p><a href="http://www.louisianabelieves.com/teaching/compass" target="_blank">Compass</a> -- the evaluation system being rolled out in public schools across the state -- has raised the stakes. Teachers who don’t score highly effective under the new measures face the loss of salary and tenure. Ineffective teachers could lose their jobs.<br><br>The state Department of Education says so far <a href="http://www.wrkf.org/post/state-supt-disputes-mass-exodus-teachers">attrition has remained steady</a>, but the East Baton Rouge Parish School District is still wary of turnover. Beanka Williams, the coordinator of support programs for EBR, says the district is having job fairs monthly to make sure schools are fully staffed.<br><br>Williams has also been fielding questions from anxious teachers since last summer when they were first asked to set goals for what their students would learn this year.<br>&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:12:30 +0000 Amy Jeffries 5754 at http://wrkf.org State Supt. Disputes Mass Exodus of Teachers http://wrkf.org/post/state-supt-disputes-mass-exodus-teachers <p></p><p>The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana reported earlier this month that the number of its members retiring from jobs in K-12 education jumped by more than 25 percent last year. The spike came after the legislature passed changes to the way teachers are evaluated, compensated and awarded tenure. &nbsp;</p><p>The retirement system’s figures include people retiring from food service, and other non-classroom jobs. And State Superintendent John White says the figures are misleading.</p><p>He says the number of teachers leaving the classroom for any reason – including promotion to administrative positions – has in fact remained steady at around 12 percent over the past three years. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:49:16 +0000 Amy Jeffries 5388 at http://wrkf.org