Senate Bill 207
Over the past few weeks, State Department
of Education leaders have engaged in numerous conversations with state
legislators over the interpretation of Senate Bill 207. The bill provides that
teachers who received Highly Effective or Superior ratings may be evaluated
once every two years.
After receiving feedback from lawmakers, State
Superintendent Janet Barresi has determined this provision is not contingent
upon full implementation of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation
System. If a teacher received a Superior or Highly Effective rating in the
2012-2013 school year, he or she would be eligible to be evaluated once every two years in
accordance with district policy.
The law allows local boards to make the determination to include this option in their evaluation policy.
Many districts have expressed interest in
using the Tripod Student Perception Survey (TSPS) as an Other Academic Measure (OAM). The TSPS can be used for grades K-12 and provides reliable and validated measures for tested and non-tested grades and subjects. The most common
questions about TSPS pertain to (a) access to information, (b) cost of implementation, and
(c) the relationship of poll results to student achievement.
order to answer these questions and better serve our districts, the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Office has been in recent communications with TSPS representatives.
TSPS provided the following information that should
clarify the research supporting the poll's results, as well as additional information regarding the administration and methodology:
- FAQ is a useful document that answers general questions regarding TSPS.
- Conceptual Framework of the Tripod Survey demonstrates the empirical and theoretical foundation and its relationship to an educational organization's effectiveness.
- Administering Surveys describes the 16-week process.
- Plan Your Survey and Tripod Assessment are documents that provide access to information regarding scheduling, cost, and implementation of the TSPS.
According to their Web site, "Using the Tripod survey assessments, educators have access to high
quality measures in the following areas:
- Teaching Effectiveness: Measures tied to each teacher are
quality assured and benchmarked against national norms.
- Student Engagement: Data concerning effort and motivation
indicate for each classroom how students judge their own attitudes, behaviors
- Student Satisfaction: Data indicates whether each
classroom, building and district is a place where students feel safe, welcome
and satisfied with their progress.
- Whole-school Climate: Data from individual classrooms can
be aggregated up to measures of whole school climate. In addition, surveys
include questions that pertain to the school as a whole."
OSDE's Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Office would like to
congratulate our Spotlight School of the Month: Lindsay Public
Mr. Tommy Ferguson, Lindsay Middle School Assistant Principal, recently visited with the Office of TLE about a unique approach one of his teachers is taking in regards to her Other Academic Measure (OAM).
Ms. Stormy Duffle, a speech therapist at Lindsay Middle School, showcased her innovative approach to OAM
implementation by using social media (Facebook) as a vehicle for a service learning portfolio under the "miscellaneous" category.
Ms. Duffle stated her SMART goal as the following: "I will develop a parent social media page to promote parent involvement and communication between the teacher and families based on NCLB section 118 that states ...parent involvement is participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication about student learning." She continues refining her SMART goal by determining a number of "followers" she will try to reach, as well as the number of "posts" that inform the speech therapy and special education audience.
Ms. Duffle adds, "Thank you for the opportunity to share with other districts
across the state! I am very excited about my OAM portfolio project. Since starting the project, I have had contact with 36 parents, which
is an increase of almost 30 for the year! The feedback from parents has been great! They see this as
an easy way to communicate that doesn't take much of their time and for some
parents, it is less intimidating. Again, I am super excited with the results thus far and
can't wait to see where we are in May."
Once more, congratulations to Mr. Dan Chapman, Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tommy Ferguson, Ms. Stormy Duffle and the rest of the leadership team at Lindsay Public Schools for being selected TLE Spotlight School of the Month.