In response to Cleveland city and school officials’ announcement of their support for creating a state-wide teacher evaluation and merit pay system through the state budget, Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke noted that the teachers union and the school district are already at work developing a new teacher evaluation system.
WCPN’s Michelle Kanu reports that both school district and union officials agree that continuing to grade teachers the same way will not lead to better results in student learning:
“The administration says they have to tie teacher performance to student achievement…and the union, agrees. Student test scores is one way to evaluate teachers but exactly how to use them and determining what other measures of student performance should be employed…that’s the sticky wicket of this “good will” effort.
[Cleveland Schools chief of staff Christine] Fowler-Mack says they’re planning to pilot a new system this fall that will asses teachers based on how much their students learn within a year – it’s not a pass/fail evaluation; more like actual school grades; a way to look at progress made instead of meeting a uniform standard; the pilot program will also consider the different subjects and grade levels instructors teach.”