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Education Week: Tennessee teacher-evaluation rush may jinx other states' efforts

Teacher-Evaluation Rush May Jinx Other States' Efforts

Education officials in Tennessee are taking flak from teachers and unions for rushing the implementation of a new teacher-evaluation system that will eventually undergird tenure decisions—a move, some worry, that could undermine redesigns of evaluation in other states.

Teacher evaluations slow Race to the Top

Editorial by Ted Rayburn, Tennessean Opinion Page Editor
The Tennessean, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

Can it be that the fast-moving Race to the Top is getting its first gut check?

Since the drive for federal funds to improve public education in Tennessee kicked into gear about 21 months ago, the developments have been dizzying:

A special, two-week session of the General Assembly commits to a package of aggressive reforms.

Annual enrollment transfer period now open for State of Tennessee Group Insurance Program

The annual enrollment transfer period for the State of Tennessee Group Insurance Program is from October 1 to November 1, 2011.  Individuals previously not enrolled in the plan may enroll with a late fee. 

For more information about the transfer period please contact your UniServ staff person or visit:  www.partnersforhealthtn.gov.

Sumner County teachers file suit in Federal Court

The Sumner County Education Association filed suit in federal court against the Sumner County Board of Education on September 7, 2011.  The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Nashville, alleges violations of basic First Amendment rights of SCEA and SCEA members, as well as violation of their rights under the Professional Employees Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 (PECCA).  The suit names the Sumner County Education Association and Dr. Alzenia Walls, a teacher in Sumner County and president of SCEA, as plaintiffs.

TEAM Website Launched

On Thursday, August 25, TDE launched the new TEAM website.  At this site, you can find links to a wealth of resources related to the new evaluation system.  Many of these resources will be of value to all districts, whether using the state TEAM model or another approved model for teacher evaluations this year.

Take online survey about evaluation experience


We want to hear from you!  As school begins and teachers prepare to be evaluated under a new system, TEA wants to gather information about your experience.  This first-in-a-series of short surveys on the new evaluation system over the course of this year will allow you to share your thoughts about the orientation and training you’ve received on the new evaluation system at the start of school.  As we collect your responses to surveys over the coming year, we’ll have data to guide us in working toward improvements and adjustments to the system.  TEA offers