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Masslive.com, November 24th, Jeanette DeForge:

Early last week, Masslive.com covered a story on the Chicopee School Committee and their review of the new MCAS teacher accountability system.  Changes have been made to the original system, most notably, the replacement of the Annual Yearly Progress standard with the Progress and Performance Index.  This benchmark looks to have schools reduce the proficiency gap in achievement by 50 percent over a period of five years.  For example, if students are only 60 percent proficient in 2011, the school will have to improve proficiency by 20 percent by 2016.  City officials support this change, citing that it will provide teachers with more information while also maintaining more realistic benchmarks for progress.

What do you think?  For those familiar with the changes in the accountability system developed alongside the Common Core Standards, are they an improvement?

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Our colleagues at The Republican featured an article yesterday detailing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s recommendation for a revised evaluation process for teachers.  Chester suggests MCAS scores, standardized exams, classroom observations, and student work to be used to assess teacher performance.  Under-performing educators would also have a year under Chester’s plan to show improvement.  This reform is just one component of the State’s implementation of Race to the Top funding.

To check out the full story, read the full article.

We’d love to hear from you; what do you think are the pros/cons of moving toward an evaluation process like this?  If you had to design a performance evaluation for educators, how would you incorporate student performance data?  Share your comments below.

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