Teacher evaluations including more, different criteria

Utah’s State Board of Education has give preliminary approval to a new evaluation system for educators. Logan resident and State School Board member Tami Pyfer says it is a uniform evaluation system for all teachers and educators.She says the evaluations will consider instructional student growth rather than student scores.”That’s a more reliable measure of seeing where the student was last year on a test and how much growth they had in the coming year,” Pyfer says. “So that’s what we’re going to be looking at, including student growth data for each teacher. “We’re going to be doing, of course, teacher observations of the teacher’s instruction and then this is another component that’s new from there. That, including parent and student data grade evaluation of the teachers.”Pyfer says the evaluation system does not apply to charter schools right now but one state charter school official told her she would like charter schools to have the same system.

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