BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range Local administration will be strengthening its evaluation of teachers in a continued attempt to meet student performance growth expectations.
Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the administration will be using the Ohio Board of Education's Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for all the district's teachers.
The new evaluation system consists of two formal observations at least 30 minutes each and periodic classroom walkthroughs.
Final evaluation is determined 50 percent on student growth, including the Value Added measure of the Ohio Department of Education's local report card; and 50 percent on teacher performance, including areas such as content, assessment, instruction and learning environment.
Teachers will be rated accomplished, proficient, developing or ineffective. A professional growth plan will be developed for each teacher based on the evaluations. Accomplished teachers will only need evaluated every other year.
According to schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham, the school administration will need to evaluate every teacher this year to be ready for the plans to take effect next fall, which means a lot of work in relatively little time.
But the new system should benefit the students, joining nicely with the administration's effort to improve the district's Value Added measure on the local report card which the district has failed to meet the past three years, dropping the district from an Excellent to Effective rating.
"They're complimentary for the benefit of the students," Dunham said.
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