Malloy backs off on linking scores to teacher evaluation


HARTFORD – With the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council – the group that developed the controversial teacher evaluation system – meeting Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy has ask the group to delay for one year the inclusion of standardized test scores in evaluating teachers.

The measure, passed by the General Assembly two years ago and tested for a year, would factor in test scores into the job performance evaluations of teachers. This year, however, many school districts will be taking a new test based on a new Common Core curriculum and no one expects the results to be good.

“Since the beginning of the school year, we have heard from teachers and administrators voicing their concerns that too much change is hitting their classrooms at once,” Malloy said in a letter to the committee. “Teachers and administrators understandably are feeling burdened and together we must take action to relieve this pressure.”

Malloy is asking that the state tests be excluded from evaluations in the next school year and allow flexibility in implementing evaluations in future years. He is also calling for the data management requirements to be streamlined.

The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in room 307A of the State Department of Education, 165 Captiol Avenue.

On the agenda is

  • A review of a University of Connecticut study on how the evaluation pilot went.
  • A discussion on how to improve the system
  • Next steps.

Here is a link to the Malloy letter

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Linda Lambeck