And “We Will Not Waste Our Teachers’ Time”

In a recent letter to the leaders of the Ohio Department of Education and the president of the State Board of Education, Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Jim Lloyd wrote that his school system will be taking full advantage of “safe harbor” enabling districts to exclude student progress as part of teacher evaluations. Dr. Lloyd’s letter was blunt and to the point:  “While we did our very best to provide an online testing environment for our students that would not yield confounding results, the online testing experience for our students in 2014-15 represented an epic fail due to the online platform that was utilized by the testing company.  As a result, we firmly believe that our students’ performances do not fairly represent their achievement or growth…Therefore, as the leader of the Olmsted Falls City School District, I cannot in good conscience require my building principals to use student test results to evaluate our teachers in any form or fashion.  Moreover, we will not waste our teachers’ time by creating last minute district or building level student learning objectives in order to retro-fit a growth measure into a teacher evaluation computer programming system that we did not create nor do we want to use.”

5 Responses to And “We Will Not Waste Our Teachers’ Time”

  • Thank you for so eloquently stating a problem and issue that occurred in many school districts in the state of ohio. Let me also add that we are dealing with human beings who come from a wide variety of environmental situations and developmental strengths and weaknesses. Although instruction is differentiated for our students, and no matter how diligently some teachers work to close the gaps , it does not always work. Why then, should teachers be held accountable for learning deficiencies beyond their control?
    Thank you for this conversation on a very important subject.

  • tHANK YOU, jIM Lloyd. yOUR LETTER IS THE MOST SANE RESPONSE TO THE TESTING ENVIRONMENT IN OUR STATE. aS A RETIRED EDUCATOR, I DO NOT COMPREHEND THE USE OF STUDENT TESTING IN TEACHER EVALUATIONS. sTUDENTS SPEND ABOUT 10% OF THEIR TIME IN THE CLASSROOM. hOW CAN A TEACHER BE EVALUATED BASED ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE ON A TEST THAT IS ADMINISTERED ONLINE OR ON PAPER. iT IS SAD TO SEE OUR TAX DOLLARS GOING AWAY FROM PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR SUCH REDICULOUS VENTURES.

  • As a teacher and mom…
    thank you….

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