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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