Some educators have questioned plans to use “value-added” scores as part of Ohio’s new teacher evaluation model. (Value-added scores are basically statistical measures of how much a teacher’s students learn in a particular school year, regardless of their level at the start of the school year.)
Each district is supposed to develop its own way to evaluate teachers–within the guidelines of the state-sanctioned model.
Now, Ohio Department of Education officials are encouraging schools to dial back the emphasis on value-added scores. Instead, schools are supposed to use other ways of incorporating student performance into teacher evaluations, one state official says.