Area Schools Busy With Teacher Evaluation Plans
Classrooms and hallways are mostly empty right now at schools across the North Country.
But for superintendents like Copenhagen's Scott Connell, school has been in session for much of the summer.
"We've spent probably a hundred hours putting the plan together," Connell said.
The plan is Copenhagen's teacher evaluation program. It's the result of a statewide initiative designed to help districts more accurately rate teacher performance.
Every school is required to have their own in place by January.
While Connell supports the evaluation program, he says the state is rushing things.
"We wish we could have piloted it in '12 and '13 and not had it count because there is so much unknown," he said.
If districts miss the January deadline, they could lose state aid. To avoid that, districts like Alexandria Central are working to submit their plans early - in case corrections are needed.
"We don't believe it's going to be smooth sailing," said superintendent Bob Wagoner.
"And so we want to get that done so that we can continue with whatever it is that we need to fix," he said.
Time to get it right is ticking by. It won't be long before schools are full of students, teachers and administrators - all trying to make the grade.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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