The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 1, 2014

New teacher evaluation process to take effect this school year

An Ohio law that changes how administrators will evaluate teachers would reward educators considered high-performing by eliminating yearly formal evaluations.
Gov. John Kasich signed into law earlier this month House Bill 362, which among other things, will allow teachers who receive an “accomplished” rating to be formally evaluated once every three years, and those that receive a “skilled” rating to be evaluated once every two years.
But all “accomplished” and “skilled” teachers will still be required to have regular annual observations and conferences with administrators.
The new standards will take effect in September.
“The previous law was simply too much of a burden, not only on the teachers but also on the administration,” said Rep. Tim Derickson, R-Hanover Twp. “They simply don’t need a formal evaluation each year. This bill allows teachers more time to do what they want to do, and that is to teach the kids. And this will allow our administrators to manage and administer in our schools.”
Derickson and Rep. Gary Scherer, R-Circleville, were the joint-sponsors of the bill, which was initially addressed STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for community and charted nonpublic schools.
“The changes made by the legislation will allow for more flexibility without jeopardizing the effectiveness of the teacher evaluation system,” said Thomas Ash, BASA director of governmental relations.

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