For the first time, Wisconsin would have a standardized system for determining the best- and worst-performing educators, under a proposal outlined last week by state schools Superintendent Tony Evers.
The system would base half of a teacher’s evaluation on classroom practices and the other half on student results, such as improvement on state and local tests; achievement of student, school, and district goals; and school reading scores and graduation rates.
Such a system “marks a major shift for Wisconsin,” according to a preliminary report from a state task force. The state education department is studying the cost and legislation needed.
An evaluation system must be in place by 2014-15 for Wisconsin to qualify for a waiver of federal No Child Left Behind Act provisions.
A version of this article appeared in the November 16, 2011 edition of Education Week as ‘Major Shift’ Proposed for Wis. Evaluations