After 98 teachers were fired in D.C. this week for poor evaluations, the District’s public school system said it plans to reduce how much a teachers’ performance rating and job security is linked to standardized tests.
The Washington Examiner reports that Chancellor Kaya Henderson will make an announcement regarding changes to the controversial IMPACT teacher evaluation tool Friday morning. The new evaluation system would also reduce the number of classroom observations teachers must undergo and add a new performance category to recognize “developing teachers.”
But, according to the Post, the new system will actually put more teacher jobs at risk. The fear is for those teachers labeled "developing."
Teachers who score on the lower end of the rating scale will be in the development category and targeted for extra help. If they fail to earn an effective ranking rating after three years, they will be out of a job.
According to the Post, nearly half of the teachers who scored effective in the 2010-2011 school year would be deemed “developing in the new system.”
The changes to this system are significant. The D.C. school system was one of the first in the country to link teacher pay and job security to student performance, creating a national buzz and leading other cities to follow suit. This morning’s expected announcement would be among the first serious changes to the IMPACT evaluation system since it was launched in 2009.
In other education news, the three day conference, Save Our Schools, kicks-off in D.C. Friday. Teachers, students, parents and community activists will gather in the District to “unite against policies they say are corrosive to our education system.”
IN OTHER NEWS:
* NBC’s Julie Carey reports on Obama’s campaign stop in Loudoun Friday.
* Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s scheduled appearance at a Prince William County Chamber of Commerce event later this year has been postponed.
* The U.S. Department of Defense has approved a $180 million plan to widen Richmond Highway in Fairfax County, but Greater Greater Washington writes that the proposal is unlikely to reduce traffic over the long term.
* Gov. McDonnell lauds the latest Forbes’ rankings of UVA and William & Mary.
* D.C. residents launched a website in support of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to combat what they say has been the unjust treatment of Gray in the public.
* The head of Romney’s VP search team was with Romney, Gov. McDonnell and Gov. Bobby Jindal as they campaigned in Colorado Thursday.
* Carol Ross Joynt of Washingtonian has a Q&A with Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry. In the interview, Barry says D.C. “might” be ready for a white mayor.
* Obama’s latest ad in Virginia.