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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
BoE Strips Student Performance out of Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 3464 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Board approves policy change in teacher evaluation

News Release from Hawaii DoE, 17-May-2016

The BOE approved recommendations to revise its policy on Teacher Performance Evaluation. Joint-committee members of the HSTA and HIDOE presented the recommended changes, which were subsequently recommended by Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to the BOE removing student test scores as required for teacher performance evaluation.

The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) this evening approved recommendations to revise its policy on Teacher Performance Evaluation. Joint-committee members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) presented the recommended changes, which were subsequently recommended by Superintendent to BOE removing student test scores as required for teacher performance evaluation.

BOE members praised the collaborative work of the committee over the past three years. Joint committee members, the Superintendent, and the BOE confirmed that the evaluation system should continue to include multiple measures of teacher practice and student learning and growth.

The significant changes to Policy 203.4, Teacher Performance Evaluation, are:

  • Remove student test scores as a required measure of student learning and growth;
  • Provide additional flexibility in weighting of components of the evaluation.

"These changes allow for flexibility and are the result of continuous improvement, analysis and collaboration over years," stated ​Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "We will continue to focus on supporting the development of our teachers and advancing student learning."

"Discarding standardized testing in teacher evaluations will restore responsibility ​for learning to dedicated teachers and begin to reinstate respect as the core value around which educator assessment rotates," said Corey Rosenlee, HSTA president. "We can now focus on the student centered purpose of evaluation systems and create pathways for better communicating and implementing that shared goal."

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Big Q: Do you agree that teacher evaluations should be delinked from students’ test scores?

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