I’m not sure which disappoints me more, an uninformed individual praising the virtues of Issue 2 or an educator spreading misinformation while pretending to be a representative of the profession.  Since the second Better Ohio video featuring a teacher covers both, I guess I don’t have to choose.  In the video is Columbus West High School teacher Jim Murray [no secret; check his Twitter account] from Better Ohio’s mindlessly named “Teacher Resource Center.”

How do I know he is uninformed?  Because he shared as much with me on Twitter about a month ago where he showed that he didn’t even know how the merit pay component even worked.  Tell me, is this your teacher spokesperson for Issue 2?

That was the tweet that got my attention.  I found it appalling that he doesn’t work hard for his students every day and even boldly claims that all he does is “show up.”  I let him know how I felt in no uncertain terms.

Teachers aren’t afraid of proving it, they’re concerned about the “tools” that will be used.

The question at the end of the tweet is his reply to my statement about “proving it” – he didn’t know that standardized tests are part of the formula for evaluating teacher performance.  I couldn’t disguise my shock, but felt the need to help him become educated about the law.

The link I sent him refers to the Ohio Revised Code.  That section of the SB5 law states [with my notes added]:

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 [Ohio’s standardized tests]. When applicable to a teacher, those measures shall include student performance on the assessments prescribed under sections 3301.0710 and 3301.0712 [Ohio’s standardized tests] of the Revised Code and the value-added progress dimension prescribed by section 3302.021 of the Revised Code [based on Ohio’s standardized tests].

He still didn’t know and didn’t even understand what the law was stating.  Jim, please read our posts on this topic so you can understand that 50% of the evaluation of a teacher is based on standardized testing, and the tests are used again in a separate manner to determine compensation.

That was the end of our conversation.  I guess my value-added scores for his learning won’t be too good.

I wish he would take his own advice and “take the chance to try to understand this issue” instead of offering his blind, uninformed support, just to be in a no-budget video.

Congratulations, Jim, you’re a star.



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