A University of Connecticut report released this week concluded the state’s new teacher evaluation system could improve student performance and teacher practices.
The new evaluation model, or SEED (System for Educator Evaluation), was piloted in 14 districts last year and has been expanded state-wide as of this September. The new model relies on several factors, including student performance and classroom observations, to evaluate teachers.
The study, which included Bridgeport, found the new evaluation model provided for increased teacher observations and more emphasis on setting goals. The report found that most educators “supported the model in abstract” and believed SEED to be “quite valuable.” Almost seventy-five percent of administrators believe SEED, if implemented properly, could improve teacher and student performance. [University of Connecticut Center for Education Policy Analysis, 1/1/2013]
In addition to positive feedback, the study also offered some recommendations for improving the SEED model. The study recommended the state provide more opportunities for professional development and training.
Education Commission Stefan Pryor told the Hartford Courant that he “expects that the system will evolve with feedback,” and some changes have already been made, including a cut down on the required teacher observations from six to three. [Hartford Courant, 1/2/2013]
To read the full study conducted by UConn: [University of Connecticut Center for Education Policy Analysis, 1/1/2013]
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