Stimulus money and teacher evaluations

Teacher evaluations have been a topic on these pages recently.  Here’s what an editorial in the New York Times has to say:

Mr. Duncan made a wise move by requiring states to finally publish data on their teacher evaluation systems — and to show how student achievement is weighted in those evaluations.

If properly spelled out and enforced, this provision would allow parents to see that most teacher evaluation systems are fraudulent and that an overwhelming majority of teachers are rated as “excellent” even in schools where the children learn nothing and fall far below state and national standards.

I don’t know if summary data on teacher evaluations (i.e. what percent ranked “excellent”) are available in Colorado or Denver. I doubt they are.  I do know how Denver weights student achievement in their teacher evaluations. The DCTA contract does not allow it:

10-5-2-2 Student Growth Objectives. The evaluator shall not use the outcome of a teacher’s student growth objectives as a data source.

This is growth data, not status (and its availability is fairly new).  Even if it is not used in evaluations, do teachers want to know?   Have any teachers requested achievement data on their students?  Good, bad, or indifferent?

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