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Student achievement as a Partial basis for teacher raises is coming……

Gov. Bill Ritter

[ Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is backed by members of the Legislature as he signs a teacher’s tenure bill at the Capitol. ]

Colorado is the first state to put into law the policy…..

Several states will follow….

The Dog whole hearty endorses the policy…

Having seen first hand the horrible results of teachers that decide that they give a s*#t about teaching anymore while they hide behind tenure….

While I don’t like the current ‘school report cards’ policy which has teachers ‘teaching to the test’…..

There simply has to be evaluations of teachers to catch the horrible actions of children wasting time in classroom of teachers that fail to teach…..

This deprives the child of an education and places an added burden on teachers who get kids who have not learned in earlier classes……

Where I live…..Teachers make darn good salaries…..They deserve them….But we need to rid the system of the ones that don’t teacher but collect those salaries….

A landmark Colorado law that ties teacher evaluations to the progress of their students on achievement tests could help build momentum for a national movement that seeks to overhaul how instructors’ tenure and pay is earned, education leaders say.

Colorado’s law will hold teachers accountable for whether their students are learning, with 50% of a teacher’s evaluation based on students’ academic growth as measured partially by test scores. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing legislation that will change the way teachers are evaluated, but its prospects are less certain; the state’s teachers union strongly opposes it.

Colorado’s action comes amid a national debate over how to get the best teachers into the classroom and remove the ones who aren’t doing a good job.

Similar legislation emphasizing teacher performance over job security is pending in Louisiana and Minnesota, and bills overhauling tenure protections and/or evaluation systems have already passed in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, Tennessee and Michigan.

“It’s impossible to overstate just how significant this [Colorado] bill is,” said Tim Daly, president of the New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit that released a report last year revealing how the vast majority of teacher evaluation systems fail to distinguish effective teachers from ineffective ones.

Under Colorado’s law, passed with bipartisan support and signed by Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. on Thursday, even tenured teachers who are found to be “ineffective” for two consecutive years could lose job protections, and possibly their jobs.

Support from Democrats and, at the last minute, from a teachers union in Colorado represents a major political shift at a time when states are facing huge budget cuts that could mean thousands of teacher layoffs.

Colorado’s law also reflects a wholesale change in attitudes toward evaluating teachers. Like many states, Colorado is hoping to bolster its chances in the Race to the Top grant competition before second-round applications are due June 1. The program rewards states for assessing teacher effectiveness, and Colorado has $175 million at stake.

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8 Comments »

  1. Yet another Democratic Policy. It’s time to install Republicans into the Governors Mansions.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. Afternoon Daniel…How are you?

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. This one’s important if you have kids going to school….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 24, 2010 | Reply

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