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Jim Braun: Educator Effectiveness Bill is ill-conceived

For once, Morgan Liddick has it right. The “Educator Effectiveness” bill sponsored by Christine Scanlan, a friend whose contributions to Summit Schools I admire, is misguided. Not only does it tie teacher evaluation to a test, namely the CSAP, we know to be flawed; it further ignores the fact that current laws regulating teacher “tenure” more than provide for dismissal of “bad” teachers if administrators have the courage and are given the time to follow the law as it exists.

Not only that, the CSAP doesn’t provide subject area evaluation for a significant number of the classes our students are required to take. Do we really agree with holding the English teacher accountable for a student’s progress on the reading and writing test while ignoring the lack of a test for foreign language, social studies, the arts, or computer science to name a few?

I encourage every parent to talk with each other and engage teachers and principals in conversations about what, if anything, needs to be done to make teacher evaluation and non-probationary status more effective. Let’s not go on a witch hunt just so Colorado can compete for the federal government’s “Race to the Top” bribery.

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