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Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi asks for more time for teacher evaluation

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: March 21, 2013
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Under the new models, teachers will be evaluated on student test scores, classroom management and other factors. Teachers will receive one of five ratings:

Superior.

Highly effective.

Effective.

Needs improvement.

Ineffective.

Other changes will include the manner in which teachers earn tenure and the practice of forcing districts to fire teachers who are rated as “ineffective” for two consecutive years.

But questions remain about how to give specific, quantitative measures for classes that don't have state tests, such as music, art and physical education.

Education groups support the reform and the two-year delay.

Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, said her group has been pushing for a delay. “We all want it to work,” she said. “We want it to be the best it can be.”

Teachers support the reform, said Ginger Tinney, executive director of Professional Oklahoma Educators. But pushing through the process too quickly could be disastrous.

“This has some serious consequences,” Tinney said. “This affects people and their children. This is important. Let's calm down. Let's slow down. Let's get it done, and let's do it correctly.”