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School District gets waiver to educator effectiveness law

Jun 28, 2015 by

After Colorado’s landmark educator effectiveness law went on the books in 2010, a rural district of 600 students not far from the Nebraska border began working toward putting it into practice.

Teachers in the Holyoke School District helped create a lengthy list of factors including local and state test scores, graduation rates and other measures of student growth for which they would be held accountable. The Colorado Department of Education even praised the effort.

But before the system was put into practice, doubts crept in about the time principals would need to spend bent over spreadsheets calculating student academic growth. What, district leadership wondered, could that tell us that we don’t already know?

District officials — with an indispensable ally in the Colorado Association of School Boards — began a journey that culminated this month with the state Board of Education granting Holyoke a waiver from a key provision of the 2010 educator effectiveness law, Senate Bill 191.

Starting next school year, student academic growth will count toward at least half of Colorado teacher evaluations.

But not in Holyoke, where 47 teachers at three schools that share a campus divided by a football field will be exempt.


Source: Holyoke School District gets waiver to educator effectiveness law – The Denver Post

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