Meaningful Educator Evaluations Protected
Meaningful educator evaluations that include student achievement growth are a critical part of ensuring educators get the feedback and support they need and that our students have effective teachers in their classrooms and leaders in their school. School districts that already link teacher evaluations to student achievement growth, such as New Haven are showing positive results. In Connecticut, home to some of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, valid and reliable measures of student achievement growth must be included among a balanced system of evaluation and support for teachers and leaders.
Proposed Senate Bill 380 would have explicitly removed the Smarter Balanced assessment — Connecticut’s statewide mastery exam — from the multiple indicators of student achievement growth in educator evaluations starting in 2016-2017. You recognized that ongoing and effective evaluations are an essential tool to help any professional, particularly educators, identify their strengths as well as areas in need of growth and professional development. And, your voice helped to ensure that Connecticut may recognize educators for a job well done and identify those who need extra support to refine their craft. By doing so, we can ensure our state keeps its promise to our kids and their parents that they will receive the education they need and deserve to succeed now and in the future.
To learn more about the fight to protect progress toward meaningful educator evaluations and how you’ve helped ensure our students have access to effective teachers and school leaders, click on the links below: