In a letter requesting an extension of the state’s waiver from certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law, the education commissioner has notified the U.S. Department of Education that Texas intends to extend for an additional year the testing of a teacher evaluation system originally scheduled to be piloted for one school year in some school districts. The commissioner said the additional time is needed to analyze feedback and refine the system.
The evaluation system will be piloted in some districts and charters beginning with the 2014-15 school year. For teachers of grades or subjects assessed by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), the evaluation system being tested will include measures of student growth based on student scores on those exams.
For more on this issue, see previous post: Legislature may consider new teacher evaluation system.
by Janet Elliott