Grand Valley teachers will soon be graded on their performance

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - Grand Valley teachers will soon be graded on their performance. As a step in getting the district ready for the implementation of Senate Bill 191 this year all teachers and principals will receive performance evaluations.
In the past all newer teachers were evaluated and more experienced teachers were evaluated every couple of years.

As part of Race to the Top the district has received a grant of $250 thousand dollars to be used to help put the program in place. At least half of each teacher and principal evaluation will be measured on students' academic growth. Full implementation of the bill will take place during the 2015 school year.

Also at Tuesday night’s board meeting the subject of bullying was on the agenda.

Cathy Haller, coordinator of prevention services, says “instead of kids watching and being bystanders standing up for each other and saying not in my school we don't bully. But what we've done is aligned board policy with house bill 1254, the state policy, and we've built in some procedures so they are very specific. Teachers will know what the difference is between normal conflict and bullying."

The board will vote at its next meeting whether or not to accept the new procedures. The proposal will give educators clear steps in what to do when they recognize a bullying situation.

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  • by FRED on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    School District 51 elementary students failed to beat the state average in reading, writing, math and science proficiency on new Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests this spring. Giv'm a raise why don't ya!
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      by BOB on Aug 8, 2012 at 04:00 PM in reply to FRED
      So this is what they mean when they say "providing the highest quality education to our students"! Maybe they need a tax increase to hire better teachers!
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        by Good Teachers? on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:47 PM in reply to BOB
        Where they going to find good teachers? The college teaching curriculum now is so easy a monkey could get a degree in teaching. Those who can do. Those who cannot teach! OH SO TRUE!
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      by Humbled on Aug 8, 2012 at 04:10 PM in reply to FRED
      Maybe they could use an easier test. Maybe they could let the Investigations people write the test for them.
  • by Spicoli on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:28 PM
    Where's the story on the TCAP scores? More value for our money! I know, it's the parents fault! They did not do enough with the kids. Maybe it was the lack of supplies in the classrooms. If only we had a few more administrators to help the system. Were are all the good teachers at? At least they all got raises before the results were published!
  • by classic on Aug 8, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Now all the bad parents in this valley can rejoice knowing they can easily use the school as a scapgoat when they do little to raise their child properly.
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      by Same Story on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to classic
      It is the PARENTS FAULT! There is not enough MONEY! The classrooms are too CROWDED! The schools are too OLD! The TCAP tests are too HARD! There is NO POSSIBLE WAY it is teachers! They are all saints who could be NASA scientists if they wanted. Teachers care more about our children than God, Allah, Budda, or for you Atheists a single cell organism. They can leap tall buildings in one bound. There is just no way that one of the most disgraceful educational system in the world is any fault what-so-ever of TEACHERS. My only concern is that they don't get hurt carrying that big old heavy cross.
  • by BoogerBall on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:16 AM
    Every year, and I do mean each and every year, the district and individual principles inform us on how much progress is being made and that we're improving education here in happy valley. Then you look at the overall results and it's always the same. District 51 is is stuck in the middle to lower half of state averages in every subject! Who is the bigger fool? The district for "fugding" the truth or the parents who seem to believe it...year after year?
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      by Wally on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:25 AM in reply to BoogerBall
      I think they should first look at the reporters for the story. They reread the mamo from the district rather than investigating the "Truths". Its not just this station but all news in the valley. How about an indepth story about the poor quality of education the district is providing. It does not take a lot of effort, all the data is on the State of Colorado department of educations website! Its funny how the district is now selling that cutting bus routes is saving 23 teaching position. How about a story on the pay raises that this cut is providing to teachers and administrators. How about a story on the cutting of teaching positions and reading aids. They say they are here for the students to provide a high level of education but really have a failing grade year in and year out. Its time to break up the teachers union and take our education back!
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        by troof on Aug 8, 2012 at 01:05 PM in reply to Wally
        You are clueless; the teachers' union here has NO power.
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          by Union Clown on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:56 PM in reply to troof
          And the local Business Agent has spoken!
  • by Johnny Location: GJ on Aug 8, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    Where this has been tried, it leads to cheating students AND cheating teachers. That means the honest, best teachers end up on the bottom getting the exact opposite result of what was intended.
  • by Polly on Aug 8, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    Where's the accountability for the administration? They state they are providing "the highest quality education to our students", but it is really a low quality low performance one. I agreee there are some good teachers, but even they must use the sub-standard investigations curriculum. Where are the evualations for the administrators? Why are they not posted on the website?
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      by Bureaucracy 101 on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:01 AM in reply to Polly
      Someone has to fudge the numbers.
  • by Six Sigma on Aug 8, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    The information gathered is only relevant if they use it! They need to let the bottom 20% go and reward the top 10%. Pay for performance. Hold the teachers accountable. We need to expect and demand that the evualations are fully available to everyone.
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      by hummm on Aug 8, 2012 at 01:06 PM in reply to Six Sigma
      What about holding the students accountable on these tests as well as the teachers?
  • by JK Location: GJ on Aug 8, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    What amazes me is how the media and school districts glorify how good the students as a whole are doing when they tend to be at 50% of Colorado average when it comes to the learning curve. I find it disgusting that such poor performance is acceptable! What we usually hear is "they are improving". That just doesn't make the Grade! (sorry about that) When the students are scoring and ranking in the top 80 -90 percent of state average then you have something to be pleased with. Until then I find it hard to support a failing educational system...Excuses don't make it folks. Every school district is facing the same issues, less money and other burdens I am not going to bring up here.....
  • by Jake on Aug 8, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    This is great! I did not see where they are going to post these reviews for the parents. Will they be on parent bridge? Full disclosure by the school district is a great first step. This will assist the parents in finding the best teachers for there kids!
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      by BoogerBall on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:18 AM in reply to Jake
      Evaluations are a great idea! My question is who is going to conduct the evaluations and how is parent input factored in? And yes, transparency is a must!
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      by Jake on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to Jake
      I'll bet that they give themselves there own evualations. Why go with someone independent when you can adjust the scores yourself and promote the fact you have the best teachers out there!
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        by Boogerball on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM in reply to Jake
        I'd love to evaluate the idiot who thought it was a good idea to try and pass a tax increase last year. Or how about the idiot who can't seem to get growth projections on student demographics even remotely close?
  • by Tina Location: P on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    The result District 51's teaching is evident in student performance. Why are there kids who still can't read in high school? ( not talking about special needs either)
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      by Publius on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to Tina
      Why are there parents who refuse to see that child learns or takes an active interest in school? How is that some students in the very same class excel in the reading or math while others daydream about playing X-Box and rap music? It's starts with the individual student. Effort in equals performance out.
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        by Well Said on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to Publius
        This is a great example of the fact we have a very low level effort from the teachers. They create an environment of boredom for the students allowing them time to distract themselves in the classroom. The classrooms today create a very stale environment, and there are only a few teachers that can navigate the students into learning. Teachers and administrators are quick to redirect the blame to parents and home life. What they should do is accept the failures they provide to the students and "CHANGE" the way they do things. This is the 21st century, stop teaching like the 40's and change the learning enviroment to catch up to the students!
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        by PubicHair on Aug 8, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to Publius
        Hey Publius, I'll tell you why "How is that some students in the very same class excel in the reading or math while others daydream about playing X-Box and rap music?". It's called teachers favorite. And don't tell me is doesn't exist. I'm in the classroom all the time and see it first hand.
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