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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Fixing Tennessee's Teacher Shortage

Fixing Tennessee's Teacher Shortage

The Tennessee Department of Education released an interesting report this week about how they plan to address the state’s teacher shortage. In the twenty-page report, titled “Preparation Through Partnership: Strengthening Tennessee’s New Teacher Pipeline,” TDOE asserts is commitment to address this crisis. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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