T.J. Chandler is the founder of EdZapp, Oregon’s statewide online employment application, and is now the Regional Director of Operations for Netchemia, LLC working with K-12 teacher and administrator evaluations. T.J. was formerly the Director of Business Applications for the New York City Board of Education, and has worked with over one hundred school districts across the country on operational and human capital issues. T.J. holds degrees from Willamette University and Princeton University.
As some celebrate the 10th anniversary of NCLB and others curse it, I ask, “What have we learned from it?” In particular, I am intrigued by certain parallels between evaluating “student achievement” and “teacher performance.”
Like the discussions 10-15 years ago about students “falling behind” and “dropping out,” policy-makers realize that there is a problem with teacher effectiveness and attrition. The tough part for both problems, of course, is specifying–in meaningful and legally-defensible terms–which individuals are having trouble, and even more importantly how to help them improve.
How can we support teacher and principals to do their best work? This is a frequently asked question and creates a robust conversation among students, staff, parents, community and business representatives etc. One strong asset for supporting educator effectiveness statewide and across all districts is to identify performance standards of effective teaching and principal leadership.
On December 1, 2011 the Oregon State Board of Education took action by unanimously adopting core professional standards for teachers and principals. This is a “hallmark” action for Oregon to more strongly support effective educators in every Oregon classroom and school.
This action is the “heart” of SB 290 and will require that all Oregon districts align their teacher and principal evaluation systems with the newly adopted standards by 2013. In addition, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) will use these newly adopted standards for teacher and administrative licensure to better align a system for educator effectiveness. The standards and administrative rules are available on Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) website for your information. (more…)