JEFFCO FOL­LOWS OWN TEACHER RAT­ING RULES

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Me­lanie As­mar, Chalk­beat Colorado

Jeffco Pub­lic Schools is not fol­low­ing a time­line laid out in state law to gauge teacher per­for­mance, call­ing it a flawed process for tak­ing ac­tion against in­ef­fec­tive teach­ers.

Colorado’s sec­ond-largest school district, how­ever, says it be­lieves its prac­tice of wait­ing longer to fi­nal­ize teacher eval­u­a­tions so it can con­sider the lat­est state test re­sults is in line with the in­tent of the state’s ed­u­ca­tor ef­fec­tive­ness law, known as Se­nate Bill 191.

The law, which was passed in 2010, changed the way teach­ers earn job pro­tec­tions. In­stead of earn­ing ten­ure after three years of em­ploy­ment, the law says teach­ers must have three con­sec­u­tive years of ef­fec­tive rat­ings. Teach­ers who earn two con­sec­u­tive in­ef­fec­tive rat­ings can be stripped of that sta­tus.

The district “has not, and likely will not, re­voke non­pro­ba­tion­ary sta­tus due solely to” Se­nate Bill 191, district lead­ers say.

Spokes­woman Diana Wil­son said Jefferson County aims to quickly help its strug­gling teach­ers im­prove; 94 of its nearly 5,000 teach­ers were on a per­for­mance im­prove­ment plan in 2016-17.

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