Our school corporation has spent over a year writing our own teacher evaluation procedure so that we can avoid using instrument being bandied around the rest of the state: a nasty little document called RISE.
Recently, in the final hours, of our local committee’s meeting, the group learned of yet another change, modification, revision, overhaul of state rules regarding teacher evaluation and the application of test scores to that process. Like every other change, its application can vary from one class, one teacher to another because (gasp), it’s nearly impossible to evenly and equally implement a black-and-white evaluation model into an environment such as a public school.
And this newest change seems especially mean-spirited. One possible application is described in the second panel: the notion that our test scores for the class of 2013 must improve over the class of 2012 (and 2014 must improve over 2013) or else…regardless of the myriad factors that would make comparing separate groups of people absurd in any other process.
So there’s what I was thinking when I drew this. The laws change by the day; they grow increasingly more stupid; and they are forcing us to move farther and farther away from what real teaching is.
It almost makes me think that maybe the whole thing is a sham designed to sabotage public schools, thus opening the door for a local charter school. But that’s crazy. No legislator would ever USE kids a tool to push a political and profitable agenda. Right?