Louisiana teacher reviews draw new criticism

Article By: Will Sentell | February 14, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Louisiana’s annual evaluations for public school teachers need to be revised to give principals a bigger voice in the reviews, several superintendents said Thursday.

The superintendent of the West Feliciana Parish school system, Hollis Milton, questioned the wisdom of basing half of a teacher’s annual evaluation on what students learned during the school year.

He said 25 percent makes more sense, with the rest based on classroom observations by principals.

“Anything at 50 percent seems excessive,” Milton said. “We need to fix the imperfections in the evaluation system.”

The issue surfaced during a meeting of the Superintendents’ Advisory Council, which advises the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on key issues.

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