The Dept. of Education will be making changes to its Educator Effectiveness System in response the work done by a joint committee. The committee included the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), teachers, principals, administrators, technical experts and Complex Area and state staff, who met regularly throughout the past school year.
The department says there will be a series of 18 changes, including:
- Reducing the number of required classroom observations.
- Allowing teachers who are rated highly effective in SY13-14 to carry over their rating.
- Reducing the number of required Student Learning Objectives.
- Removing the student survey as an independent component with a stand-alone rating.
“We believe this will really help with the work load issues that have been cited. That was something that was very consistent,” said schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We have spent a lot of time thoughtfully looking at what would maintain the integrity of the evaluation system while making really meaningful changes that would help teachers and principals.”
The EES is designed to help students learn in the classroom by evaluating teachers and their effectiveness with their students. It began in the school year 2011-12 as a pilot in 18 schools, and then expanded to 81 schools
in the 2012-13 school year.