April 2016

State Board of Education Members Want Teachers Evaluated by SBAC ASAP

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If you haven't yet felt the need to let your legislators know why SBAC shouldn't be part of your evaluation, comments made on April 6, by state Board of Education members should drive you to action.

After an hour of intense discussion and strong reluctance towards delaying the use of SBAC in teacher evaluations for one year, members of the Board today ultimately voted for the postponement recommended by an advisory committee—with stipulations.

Board members made very clear that they will not accept any further delays in tying SBAC to teacher evaluations. Members said that, if left up to them, SBAC will be part of teacher evaluations for the 2017-18 school year.

The amended resolution passed by the Board states that, "The board fully supports and expects the implementation of the use of state test data in the 2017-18 school year...and informs the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) that the state Board of Education will not grant any additional extensions."

CEA has been a strong advocate for permanently delinking SBAC from teacher evaluations because it is not a fair, valid, or reliable means of evaluating educators. SBAC is not able to show growth for students performing significantly above or below grade level and it is not an effective means of demonstrating educator effectiveness.

SB 380 currently before the state legislature gives teachers a chance to stop what researchers, and even mastery test makers themselves, have said is bad practice and permanently end the link between SBAC and teacher evaluations.

Click here and contact your legislators today!
Let them know why SBAC does not belong in your evaluation. Tell them to support SB 380.

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