New teacher evaluations going statewide

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 18, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

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LOUSIVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Educators from across Kentucky are learning about the new way they will be evaluated beginning in the fall.

The Courier-Journal ( reports the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System is one of the topics at an education conference in Louisville.

Sharon Robinson, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, spoke about the upcoming changes, saying they will establish standards of practice.

The pilot program will be rolled out across the state in the upcoming school year. The system makes evaluations consistent in all districts, allows for peer observation and for student feedback.

In the past, different school districts have used different means of evaluating educators.

Knox County teacher Eddie Campbell, who is the National Education Association's director in Kentucky, said districts were using 174 different evaluation plans.

"This growth system sets up a system that's the same, whether you're in Pikeville or Paducah," Campbell said.

Campbell said those who observe teachers will have to write detailed evaluations instead of checking things off a list and administrators will have to pass a certification test before doing such observations.

"I think that it is less punitive and has potential for real growth," said Michelle Cason, who teaches at Winburn Middle School in Lexington.

Campbell said he likes the system because it allows him to judge his teaching on multiple measures.

"The new system is more about growing the craft of an educator," he said. "The old system was just a blanket system."


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