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April 9, 2014

BOE prepares for new evaluation system

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County Board of Education discussed next steps in preparing for the state's new evaluation system during Monday's work session.

Baldwin County School administrators and educators will enter into a new evaluation system called the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The new evaluation system is mandated by Georgia's waiver from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and its receipt of a $400 million federal Race to the Top grant.

An important component to the evaluation consists of student growth and academic achievement. As a measure of teachers' impact on student learning, students' test scores will count as 50 percent of teacher evaluation scores.

For teachers of tested subjects, this factor consists of a student growth percentile measure in subjects that require mandated standardized tests.  For teachers of non-tested subjects, Student Learning Objective (SLO) assessments must be created and approved by the state board before the beginning of the next school year.

Superintendent Geneva Braziel reminded the board of previous discussions about the new evaluation system and reiterated the importance of SLOs.

“We've talked a few months ago about the student learning objective instrument and the weight of the component to the new evaluation system which will go into effect in 2014-2015. It's time now for us to develop those SLOs for our District specifically,” she said.

Each individual school district is required to determine SLOs for every class that does not contain an End of Course Test (EOCT). The SLOs must be content-specific, aligned with curriculum standards and contain grade level learning objectives for each individual student so that measureable growth in student learning can be determined. Each student will have an individualized learning target and each district must establish his or her own specific learning target percentage as well.

Carol Goings, Instructional Specialist, and Dr. Sharon Simmons, assistant superintendent led a discussion on the next steps for the school board, teachers and administrators.

Goings explained that the projected start date of SLO pretest assessment for students should fall in the window of time between mid-August and mid-September with a post assessment in spring of 2015.

“On May 5 and 6 we are turning the downstairs of the board office into a test creation center,” Goings announced to the board.

A teacher from each school representing each grade level will gather at the board office on these two days to study sample SLO templates and will work to create SLO assessments for each subject area.  Once SLOs have been created, they must be sent to the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) for approval.

According to Dr. Simmons, as of now, Baldwin County school district has 140 courses that are considered SLO courses. This means that a content oriented SLO must be created for each course before the start of the new year.

In other board business the board:

• listened to a presentation by Blanche Lamb from the Early Learning Center on School Readiness Goals;

• listened to a presentation by students from Early College along with principal Dr. Runee Sallad on Overcoming Challenges and Fostering Success;

• tabled approval of April personnel recommendations and 2014-2015 school calendar until a called meeting April 30 to discuss final budget numbers;

• tabled approval of the revised policy manual for a period of 60 days to allow the board to review all school board policies and any changes that have been made;

• approved updated Standards of Conduct policy/procedure for the Early Learning Center;

• approved the new Supervision of Children policy/procedure for the Early Learning Center;

• approved a vision and mission statement for Baldwin County to be taken to both planning and action teams April 28 for continuation of the strategic planning process;

• approved Legislative Position suggestions for 2015;

• approved financial reports for the Head Start/Early Learning Center for the period ending March 31 for all funds for information purposes only;

• approved summer hours proposal; and

• approved sales and use tax fund report for the period ending March 31.

The board went into Executive Session at approximately 6:09 p.m.

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