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Capital School Balks at Tying Teacher Eval's to Student Test Scores

Don Rush

The Capital School Board is protesting tying teacher evaluations to student test scores.

The board says it is unfair to the teachers and should not be used in rating the school’s employees.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Capital School Board President Mathew Lindell said its concerns appeared to fall on deaf ears at the Department of Education.

Meanwhile, the Dover district’s administration says it is trying to figure out where to go from here.

Superintendent Michael Thomas told the paper that the Dover district’s administration said it is in discussions with the board and the state to find a path forward.

During a meeting earlier this month the board approved a resolution that no district employee would be put under improvement plans based on Component 5 of the state’s evaluation system until the Department of Education deals with their concerns.       

Delaware committed itself to add student growth measures to the teacher evaluations as part of the Race to the Top funding from the federal government.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.