The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

July 5, 2012

Teacher grade plans forming

Medina Journal-Register — The soft deadline for New York State school districts to submit teacher and administrator evaluation plans passed this week with only 164 districts submitting their proposals for review, the State Education Department announced Monday.

The agreements between districts and their teaching staffs and building principals are mandated under a law passed earlier this year. Schools will have until Jan. 17 to have their plan approved by the state — if not, they stand to lose state funding aid that helped balance budgets this year.

Lyndonville was the only Orleans County district to submit its plan early, doing so on Thursday of last week.

Superintendent Jason Smith said the process went smoothly thanks to the contributions of the school’s teachers and principals. He hopes to have the plan in place before the start of the next school year, as all districts are preparing to wait six to eight weeks for the state’s review.

”We hope to have the state’s feedback before September,” Smith said. “We’re looking at incorporating it into our August training days.”

The new plans can incorporate state standardized testing, local student exams, classroom techniques and other locally-established measures. Districts are using a new online portal to submit their proposals that uses open-ended questions in determining the plan’s strengths and weaknesses.

In Medina, Superintendent Jeff Evoy said last month that the district had completed about a third of the necessary submissions. He hopes to have the district’s plan submitted shortly after school resumes in the fall.

“We’re looking at September so that teachers review and approve the plan,” Evoy said.

Medina’s draft plans for both teachers and administrators have been given to the unions for both groups. The plans needed to be signed off on by district administrators, their school boards and both sets of employees.

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