Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Hills Board Considers New Software Directors Also Get Look at New Teacher Evaluation System That Will Factor in Student Test Scores

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Hills Board Considers New Software Directors Also Get Look at New Teacher Evaluation System That Will Factor in Student Test Scores

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North Hills school directors are considering new software systems.

Blackboard Connect is a message service that could notify parents about issues such as snow delays. It offers more capabilities than the district's current system and is less expensive, said board member Joe Muha during last Thursday's work session.

Also being considered is an agreement with Atlas Curriculum Management, an online curriculum management system. The system will be phased in over three years.

Jeffrey Taylor, assistant superintendent of secondary education, gave a presentation on the new evaluation system mandated by State Act 82 of 2012.

"It is a new way of evaluating all educators," he said.

Previously, teachers were evaluated only based on the principal's observation of their classroom skills. Under the new system only half of the teacher's "grade" will be from observation; 15 percent comes from their students' scores on state-mandated tests; 15 percent from the entire school's performance on the tests; and 20 percent on how the teachers met their own objectives.

Mr. Taylor said they will use the Danielson Framework for Teaching as a rubric. The framework has four domains - planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities. …

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