Hold Harmless Indeed

Hold Harmless Indeed

Today is Thursday, October 25th and, as of today, I am 29% of the way into the school year. This afternoon, I received my overall teacher evaluation score from last school year (called the “level of effectiveness,” or L.O.E. for short). I have some major issues with how all of this is playing out…

Last year’s TNReady scores were not supposed to hurt my L.O.E. this year. I’ll be completely transparent and use my own scores as an example of how this might not necessarily be true…

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Stop Adding Value and Save the Teaching Profession

Stop Adding Value and Save the Teaching Profession

My Level 1 rating is insulting and infuriating, and I’m not alone in feeling that way. I know other teachers who have expressed to me their exasperation with their low ratings--to the point of wanting to leave the profession. Clearly, something needs to be done. TDOE’s issues with TNReady is part of the problem, and I hope that they will remedy those soon. The other part of this problem is how teacher’s evaluation scores are determined. It’s beyond time for this state to stop using the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS).

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3 Reasons Why Teacher Evaluations Need to Change

3 Reasons Why Teacher Evaluations Need to Change

Right now, in almost every public school in America, teachers are being evaluated, judged, and labeled based on what’s called value-added models. In Tennessee, the value-added model is called TVAAS, and it is designed to measure the amount of growth that students make from one year to the next based on their performance on standardized tests. It is used to estimate how much of that growth and achievement can be attributed back to the teacher. 

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