Meetings help clarify educator evaluation legislation


Sen. Aaron Osmond hit the road again this month to meet with educators to discuss implementation of his 2012 legislation SB 64: Public Education Employment Reform. In 2011, Osmond meet with hundreds of educators to get input on proposed legislation, which was changed significantly based on input the Senator received (see the story here).

During this month’s meetings, Sen. Osmond met with educators to hear their questions and concerns, and to clarify the intent of the legislation, as implementation moves forward. The meetings were scheduled in conjunction with the UEA and the Utah State Office of Education.

Meetings were held at the Salt Lake School District on Jan 9, Iron County School District on Jan 15 and Davis School District on Jan 16. More than 200 educators and administrators attended these meetings.

In preparation for the meetings, the UEA worked with Sen. Osmond to develop answers to questions frequently heard from members. The goal was to address misinformation and help ensure that district leaders and educators have a common understanding of what the Public Education Employment Reform legislation does and does not do. Many of these same questions were discussed in the regional meetings.

Changes to educator evaluation were a significant part of the Osmond legislation. Beginning in 2014-15 districts must fully comply with new state evaluation requirements (see required components). Currently, efforts are underway to develop a state evaluation model that meets all of the new requirements and that districts can choose to adopt or adapt. Efforts include a pilot of teacher and leader observation tools in 16 districts, a pilot of parent and student stakeholder surveys and work on developing a measure of student growth. District evaluation committees have also begun meeting to review their current evaluation systems to ensure that they will come in to compliance with new state requirements by 2014-15.

Learn more about the new educator evaluation requirements and how these changes will impact you here.

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