They were supposed to be a golden ticket to strengthen education, attract teachers and boost morale. But more often, they are tedious checklists that have minimal impact on teacher pay.
Idaho administrators are required to evaluate all teachers every year. These evaluations matter because they are tied to tax dollars – teachers must earn a proficient or distinguished rating to be eligible for raises. And the more teachers who score high marks, the more money the state gives a district for salaries. Historically, nearly all…
In 2016-17, 56 percent of teacher evaluations fully complied with state guidelines, according to a State Board of Education review. The 2015-16 compliance rate was 51 percent.
Charlotte Danielson said local principals and administrators tend to overinflated evaluation scores because of social pressure.
Gov. Butch Otter requested $2.5 million. But legislative budget-writers sided with Otter on a jurisdictional battle, parking the $1 million in the State Board of Education’s budget.