Streetsboro -- Following along with a new state policy for evaluating teachers, the Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously approved a list of credentialed evaluators at its Oct. 10 meeting.
"The state has completely revamped its policy," Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said. "Every school district is being forced to redo its policy. The new system is very comprehensive."
Principals and teachers now will be evaluated by credentialed evaluators, starting with this school year, as required by the Ohio Revised Code, he said.
"The law states that the folks that evaluate our principals and the people who evaluate our teachers have to be credentialed through the state," Daulbaugh said. "They have to take a three-day course and an online exam."
Credentialed evaluators for the Ohio Principal Evaluation System include Daulbaugh, Student Services Director Rayna Antol, Director of Curriculum Aireane Curtis and Streetsboro High School Principal Eric Rauschkolb.
Credentialed evaluators for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System include Daulbaugh, Antol, Curtis, Rauschkolb, Henry Defer Intermediate School Principal Bill Basel, Campus Elementary School Principal Kristen Cottrell, Wait Primary School Principal Amy Cruse, Streetsboro Middle School Principal Steve Hatch, Streetsboro High School Assistant Principal James Hogue and Henry Defer Intermediate School Assistant Principal Lindsay Zenker.
Daulbaugh said the new policy will be "a management challenge."
"We're working with the teachers to figure out a way to do this," he said. "Currently, the law states every teacher will have to be evaluated every year. The old system didn't do that. That will create an increased workload on our administrators."
According to the Streetsboro Board of Education's new policy, evaluation for teachers includes:
• Each evaluation will result in an effectiveness rating of "accomplished," "proficient," "developing" or "ineffective." An effectiveness rating is based on the following two categories -- teacher performance and student growth measures. Student growth is measured by using the "value added" category from the state report card and a matrix chart.
• Each evaluation must include at least two 30-minute formal observations and periodic classroom walk-throughs by the evaluator. All evaluations must be completed by May 1 of the school year, and each teacher must be given a written copy of the evaluation by May 10.
• A teacher receiving an effectiveness rating of "accomplished" on the teacher's most recent evaluation will be evaluated once every two years.
• The evaluation will encompass classroom observation, post-observation conference(s), day-to-day performances and other information related to job performance. It may include walk-throughs and pre-observation conferences.
• Professional growth will be rated as above-expected, expected and below-expected levels, based on a matrix chart.
• Poor performing teachers will be removed, upon recommendation of the superintendent, either through non-renewal or termination.
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