How good are Union County teachers?

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

The state recently released teacher effectiveness ratings for the state, districts and individual schools. 

Teachers were judged against six standards and could receive one of five ratings. 

They could receive a rating of not demonstrated, developing, proficient, accomplished and distinguished. 

Not demonstrated is the lowest rating possible, meaning that the teacher did not show competence on the standard or growth toward the standard. No Union County Public School teachers received this rating, according to the state’s data. 

Developing shows that the educator is growing in their understanding of a standard, but is not proficient in the standard yet. Proficient means they showed a basic competence of the standard. 

Accomplished means the teacher exceeded basic competence of the standard most of the time and distinguished means they exceeded basic competence of the standard “consistently and significantly.”

The evaluation standards are that teachers demonstrate leadership (Standard 1), that teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students (Standard 2), that teachers know the content they teach (Standard 3), that teachers facilitate learning for students (Standard 4) and that teachers reflect on their practice (Standard 5). 

Standard 6 is that teachers contribute to the academic success of their students, which was ranked using the statewide student growth model.

According to the Department of Public Instruction, all the teachers received a rating, but for some teachers it is populated with school-level growth and not the growth of the individual teacher’s students. For this year, the data does not include ratings for teachers with school-level measures. The numbers reflected are only for teachers with individual student growth estimates. The 2012-2013 year is a baseline for the educator effectiveness model, since it was the first year it was used. 

Because the ratings are different, Standard 6 is not included in the graphs for the schools, instead the ratings given are written below the chart for each school. 

“As we continue our journey of remodeling our schools in order to prepare students to be ready for college and a multitude of rewarding careers, we must continue to provide our parents and our supporters with good information about the effectiveness of our educators,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said in a statement. “This new online system is a major step in the right direction and establishes a clear baseline for observing progress on educator effectiveness in years to come.”

The graphs below are for the elementary schools in the district. Next Sunday will feature middle schools, high schools, special schools and Union Academy.