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An Ad-hoc committee reported on their work on the certified evaluation. Their report included problems with understanding descriptors in the tool, in particular, the descriptor “Distinguished.” They suggested that administrators collaborate around this issue to determine fair use of this descriptor across the district. They are also looking for answers concerning what happens when a staff member achieves Distinguished?
On other items, the Ad-hoc committee reported on certified staff being required to use PDSA. The committee found that while PDSA is not mentioned in the evaluation tool, continuous improvement is. Due to new staff currently being trained in using the PDSA tool, staff members that are ranked as Accomplished or Distinguished in certain standards would most likely be exploring other models. Their finding was that they don’t want people focused on bulletin boards, but the processes that help children succeed.
The Ad-hoc committee also reported they are waiting on approval from the state to determine if psychologists will be evaluated on the certified evaluation tool. The committee was updated that the state had approved this approach going forward.
Verba Echols then updated the group on the classified evaluation implementation. Several schools have volunteered to implement the tool and help work out any changes that are needed prior to a system-wide roll out. Wayne Carson (SEIO) wanted to know if the implementation for all classified staff was mandatory for next year. He suggested communication efforts around the tool and its requirements be increased as many classified staff are unaware of the new direction. He suggested an implementation plan and more information be distributed to the classified staff.
In closing, Crystal Mueller reported on the Education Accountability Act. She noted that this act might have some required changes on our current evaluation tools.
The Evaluation Standing Committee will have its next meeting on Feb. 27, 2014.