- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Board of Education is getting closer to voting on new evaluations for teachers and principals.

The panel said the new system would hold teachers accountable in new ways that would be consistent across the state. Currently, different school districts use different means of evaluating educators.

The proposal before the board would use a variety of means, including student test scores and observations by peers and supervisors, to rate teachers as exemplary, accomplished, developing or ineffective.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1fyiU75) reports the board will hold a work session in April before voting on the measure.

“Every parent wants their child to be with a highly effective teacher or one that would be considered accomplished,” Associate Kentucky Education Commissioner Felicia Smith said.

She said there would be evidence that each educator is helping students make progress under the new model.

Holliday has said the proposal would give educators tools and feedback to improve their teaching techniques.

Fayette County has “always had a very solid evaluation system in place,” Smith said. “This new system will allow them to include additional measures for determining effectiveness and also assisting principals in providing adequate supports for teacher growth.”


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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