What’s your favorite thing about Issue 2/SB5?  Okay, try and say it without using swear words.  Hard, isn’t it?  Personally, I continue to marvel at the sheer magnitude of ignorance collected all in one single document.  It is sort of like browsing the pictures on the People of Walmart website, I find myself staring at the screen trying to figure out just what the hell they were thinking.

I also keep thinking about the performance pay and evaluation measures of teachers included in Senate Bill 5 (NO on Issue 2).  These sections refer to student academic growth [twice], the value-added progress dimension [twice], and student performance on the assessments [twice], all while reminding us that at least 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation will based on these measures that will subsequently be a component in the teacher’s performance-based salary.

I’m willing to concede that to the uninformed this might sound reasonable.  And by uninformed I mean Shannon Jones and the SB5 supporters, of course.  What they seem to have overlooked in their zeal to “bring teachers in line with the private sector” is the fact that the duplication of these items within the bill erroneously skews the evaluation and subsequent compensation of teachers based on the one-shot, 2-hour, standardized paper-pencil test scores of children.  For those teachers not blessed with these assessments at the present time, don’t fret, the budget bill (HB153) covered you today when it required the Ohio Department of Education to develop a list of student assessments that measure mastery of the course content for the appropriate grade level, which may include nationally normed standardized assessments, industry certification examinations, or end-of-course examinations.

As I was saying teachers may be penalized or rewarded multiple times based on the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) imposed on their 8- to 13-year old students since the data is utilized multiple times in the compensation calculation.

First, a little information on the definition of “value-added” as it pertains to education in Ohio.  Very simply, value-added is a statistical calculation of the progress of student from one year to the next based on their OAA scores.  Since the data is exclusively based on the OAA, and those tests are only given for math and reading in grades 3-8, the results only exist for teachers of math and reading in grades 4-8 (grade 3 has no prior year to measure growth).  Ohio Revised Code 3302.021 required the implementation of the “value-added dimension” for Ohio’s school districts as a part of their report card.

So, when the bill refers to value-added, it is referring to student standardized test scores.

Exhibit #1:

3317.13 (C) For purposes of this section, a board shall measure a teacher’s performance by considering all of the following:

(3) The value-added measure the board uses to determine the performance of the students assigned to the teacher’s classroom;

(4) The results of the teacher’s performance evaluations conducted under section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or any peer review program created by an agreement entered into by a board of education and representatives of teachers employed by that board;

Exhibits #2 & #3

3317.13 (C) For purposes of this section, a board shall measure a teacher’s performance by considering all of the following:

(4) The results of the teacher’s performance evaluations conducted under section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or any peer review program created by an agreement entered into by a board of education and representatives of teachers employed by that board;

3319.111 

(A) …..The policy shall utilize the framework for evaluation of teachers adopted under division (C) of section 3319.112 of the Revised Code….

3319.112

(A) …..The framework shall require at least fifty per cent of each evaluation to be based on measures of student academic growth specified by the department of education. When applicable to a teacher, those measures shall include student performance on the assessments prescribed under sections 3301.0710 [OAA] and 3301.0712 of the Revised Code and the value-added progress dimension prescribed by section 3302.021 of the Revised Code.

First, a teacher’s performance-based salary must include consideration of the valued-added measures (OAA) AND the results of their performance evaluations, which must ALSO include those test results in the calculations, once as the single-year results, and a second time as the value-added results.  With all the complexities that are involved in the daily education of young children, the imbecile from Springboro thought we should take a 2-hour snapshot of a student’s entire year and use that data not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES to label the effectiveness of a teacher.

Now when you hear the catchphrase “multiple measures” dribbling out of the mouths of the Republicans as they talk about their teacher evaluation process you’ll know that they really mean the same measure used multiple times.  Whether the students perform poorly or expertly, the fact that the results will be obviously biased one way or the other is simply another ignorant and fatal flaw in this legislation.

But wait, there’s more.  Navigate your way to the Ohio Department of Education’s informative website about the Ohio Achievement Assessments.  While you are there, check out the Frequently Asked Questions for Educators and you’ll find some fascinating information that, I assume, will be gone tomorrow.  Just in case, here’s a pic [click to enlarge]:

 

It reads as follows:

5. Will these reports be used for teacher evaluation? 

State test results are not intended to be used for teacher evaluation. Instead, they provide a good snapshot in time of how well students have learned state Academic Content Standards for their grade level. The tests can also help identify particular areas in which individual students or an entire class can benefit from targeted instruction. ODE encourages teachers, principals and superintendents to use the Achievement Assessment score reports as tools for examining and discussing student achievement. Principals and superintendents can also use the assessment results to identify professional development opportunities for staff related to specific content standards or concepts.

 

Who knew?

 

Vote NO on Issue 2

 
  • Anastasjoy

    You lost me somewhere. This is really convoluted. But if Shannon Jones had anything to do with it, you know it’s bad!

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.  I guess this was more of a hard-core educator post.  But yes, Jones has everything to do with it (along with those who actually wrote it for her).

  • Anastasjoy

    What you are doing is so valuable, Greg. The spreadsheet you posted about the voucher law is mind-boggling. I have really been digging into that.

  • Progressive Willy

    I’m fearful teachers won’t have to worry about how they’ll be financially rewarded for exemplary student performance.  Kasich & Co. will ensure there’s no money available to pay them so it’s likely a mute point.  

    Shannon Jones and friends have no clue about the educational process.  They should really take Abe Lincoln’s advice:  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak (create legislation) and remove all doubt.”

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Did you know theres a photo of her on her info senate page showing her getting a Golden Apple award from  Ohio Coalition eSchools ……
    pitiful isnt it…….

  • seditious

    Greg,

    I’m the president of the PTA of an elememtary school located near OSU. I’d like to schedule a speaker for a PTA meeting to talk about Education reforms of NCLB, Race to the Top and SB5 to try to create some parent/teacher grassroots activism to defend public education and a professional teacher corps.Do you live near Columbus. Would you be willing to make a presentation at a PTA meeting. Our November meeting will be on a Tuesday night at 6 PM.

    My email is dgzmmrmn(ATSIGN)yahoo

  • seditious

    Greg,

    I’m the president of the PTA of an elememtary school located near OSU. I’d like to schedule a speaker for a PTA meeting to talk about Education reforms of NCLB, Race to the Top and SB5 to try to create some parent/teacher grassroots activism to defend public education and a professional teacher corps.Do you live near Columbus. Would you be willing to make a presentation at a PTA meeting. Our November meeting will be on a Tuesday night at 6 PM.

    My email is dgzmmrmn(ATSIGN)yahoo

  • Anonymous

    “Oh, I see!” said the blind man.  So, if we have an omnibus rule for breaking the back of the Teacher’s “Union” (which I prefer to call a Professional Organization), then we will have smarter kids, right?  I think orion89 has it nailed down, no one is going to understand what they are doing, and the legislature and that dirt bag who calls himself “governor” do not understand it either.  This legislation is not intended to be used as a tool; it is intended to be a weapon for use against the professionals who have made Ohio’s children’s education their life-long goal.
     
    The sooner we get rid of Kasich and his motley, scumbucket crew, the sooner we get back to reality.

  • Anonymous

    “Oh, I see!” said the blind man.  So, if we have an omnibus rule for breaking the back of the Teacher’s “Union” (which I prefer to call a Professional Organization), then we will have smarter kids, right?  I think orion89 has it nailed down, no one is going to understand what they are doing, and the legislature and that dirt bag who calls himself “governor” do not understand it either.  This legislation is not intended to be used as a tool; it is intended to be a weapon for use against the professionals who have made Ohio’s children’s education their life-long goal.
     
    The sooner we get rid of Kasich and his motley, scumbucket crew, the sooner we get back to reality.

  • I think you are correct in thinking that most Ohioans will not “get it”, and I think that is due to a sheep-like mentality/fear of questioning authority. *sigh*

    Excellent article, Greg and I concur:

    Vote NO on Issue 2!

  • Adrienne

    Thanks Greg.
    Vote no on Issue 2.

  • Let’s see 3 years and how many months do we have left for this crap to continue? It will continue until we get rid of these arses. The biggest we are stuck with the longest unless we get lucky and he REALLY crosses the line and we can legally kick him out. I’d like to think if we give him enough rope he will hang himself.  I just hope its soon.

  • I am a teacher. You can take my pay. You can say I am the cause of all problems in society. You can say my worth is only equal to what one child does on one test  taken only once a year. You can give me too many students in one room. You can add in a couple of students who have behavioral problems and cognitive delays. You can demand I teach more subjects for a specified amount of time per day which adds up to more  hours then there is in a teaching day. You can take my plan time that I only have 4 out of 5 days a week for 45 minutes and load it full of mandatory IAT meetings or unannounced parent meetings or PLC meetings or what ever they may think of.  You can poison the general public against me. But I will still teach. I will do what I can and if I only get through to one child I will know that one child is better because I am a teacher. I may not have a kindergarten class where all students are reading at or above grade level. But I will know that I worked hard to help these student who came to me sometimes not knowing their real names. Students who come with no background knowledge and parents with little resources. I will show them and teach them what they need. I will love them. I will care for them. I will teach them what they need to know to go on to the next year. And if some students or most students are not where someone else says they need to be. I will not worry. I know I am good. No I am more than good. I know it. My students know it. Kasich, Shannon Jones and no one else in Columbus or any where else will ever make me feel less than a great teacher. I deserve my pay, I deserve my pension, I deserve my insurance. But most of all my students deserve me.

  • Anonymous

    Know any hardware stores with a good rope sale?

  • luv2teach

    I teach in Reynoldsburg. We met 26/26 of our indicators on the report card. All of our schools were excellent or excellent with distinction. All of this success in a year when salaries, step increases, and column increases were frozen. We had a successful year NOT because of pay or the promise of more money. Merit pay WILL NOT work.

  • Anonymous

    I teach a non core high school classes.  I have met with dozens of other teachers in my subject areas over the years.  None of use teach the same things.  None of our courses are the same or even close.   There are no standard tests.   Teach to the state technology “standards”?  Please try reading them and tell me what they mean. I sure don’t know. They were ‘suspended’ several years ago.  Suppose to be re-written.  Sure.
    In the meantime is the Ohio DOE going to come up with tests for use? Doubt it.  Use my own end of year test.  I hope so.  You won’t believe what little geniuses I have.  Make a state standard curriculum?  About $100K times 600 school districts.  Real cost savings you got there Gov. Going to increase state aid to schools to cover the costs?  Or just force more districts to voucher more money than the state gives districts (see HB153) so private schools can fake the results.

  • luv2teach

    I share all of this info with my colleagues and anyone else who will listen. Thanks for your hard work, Greg.

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