FWCS Board Members Speak Out On State Teacher Survey

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Local education officials are sounding off about the Indiana Department of Education teacher evaluation released last week.

The evaluation stated 87 percent of public school educators are considered effective or highly effective. According to the report, Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) teachers rated 83 percent effective.

Monday night was the first FWCS board meeting since the release, and Board President Mark GiaQuinta protested the stats. He says implying a teacher as ineffective if a student doesn't pass ISTEP is wrong.

"Never mind the fact that perhaps the majority in that particular class did pass ISTEP. Never mind the fact that the individuals who may not have passed ISTEP may have started out at a score that was one half of the score they achieved in that testing session,” said GiaQuinta.

He then thanked all the teachers in the district and says the stats devalue what teachers really do.

Board Vice President Julie Hollingsworth also voiced her displeasure with the teacher survey Monday night. She said the 87 percent rating is believable, but said teachers should be evaluated on a set of standards other than required state assessments.

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