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Tomorrow at 9 a.m. WCPN’s talk show The Sound of Ideas will take on the topic of teacher evaluations and Ohio’s use of a statistical, test-based measure called value-added to rate teachers.
Along with The Cleveland Plain Dealer, we’ve been exploring how value-added works and how it’s affecting teachers and schools.
This map shows how many of the teachers at each school received the state’s top value-added rating of “Most Effective.” Value-added is a statistical measure that looks at how much students learn in a given year, regardless of their level at the start of the year. Continue reading
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Ray Fatur, who has been teaching for 19 years, says paying experienced teachers more just make sense.
There is little connection between how much money Ohio teachers make and how much knowledge they impart to students over the course of a single year, according to a StateImpact Ohio/Plain Dealer analysis of a new measure of teacher performance.
In fact, that analysis of state data shows that within many school districts, teachers who received the lowest grade in a key aspect of teacher performance known as value-added are paid more on average than teachers who earned the highest grade.
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Forest Park Middle School teacher Maria Plecnik said for her own sanity, she plans to leave the teaching profession.
Maria Plecnik is the kind of teacher who gets chills in a 90-degree classroom when she connects with students during the first week of school. She’s the kind who brags about seeing their test scores go up or turning a kid who was always trouble into an “A” student.
In her seven years at Euclid’s Forest Park Middle School, her principal always told her she was doing a good job.
Teaching was her dream job. But this year, her dream faded.
Which Teachers Are Doing a Good Job?
Ohio has devised a new statistical approach to answering that question. It’s called “value-added.” For now, it only applies to math and English teachers in 4th through 8th grades. In the table below, we have the scores for 4,200 Ohio teachers who have been through two years of this new grading system.
Ohio is introducing a new way of grading teachers, one based on student test scores and whether students learn as much as expected in a given year. It uses a measure called value-added.
Starting Sunday, StateImpact Ohio and the Cleveland Plain Dealer will launch a series of stories about value-added:
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Teachers in Strongsville reached a settlement in May after an eight-week strike.
Teachers in the Beaver school district in eastern Ohio could strike at the beginning of the coming school year in part over a disagreement about how teachers should be evaluated, the Morning Journal reports.
Currently, most Ohio teachers’ job evaluations are based on a principal observing their classrooms. But state law requires schools to change to a new way of evaluating teachers, one based both on observations and on how much students learn in a given year.
And even the observation part of that new equation is supposed to be more rigorous than the way most schools do observations today.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year. Tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduates will be frozen, but the surcharge for out-of-state undergraduates will increase by 2 percent to $15,720. Room and board fees will also increase by almost 4 percent.
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Senate President Keith Faber speaks with reporters Thursday,
The two-year, $61.7 billion state budget approved by the state Senate Thursday would expand funding for public schools over the current state budget, change how state funding is distributed among schools and expand Ohio’s current school voucher program statewide.
Among the many changes in the budget:
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Joseph Alutto will serve as Ohio State University's interim president.
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee’s surprise retirement announcement leaves Ohio’s largest school district without a leader lined up to take the place of outgoing Superintendent Gene Harris.
Harris is set to retire from the Columbus school district effective July 1. Ohio State University Provost Joseph Alutto was supposed to step in as acting superintendent until a permanent replacement was found. But now Alutto will instead serve as interim president of Ohio State starting July 1.
The Columbus school board learned of Alutto’s change in plans today, district spokesperson Jeff Warner said.