South Carolina teachers take on state superintendent

Teachers are taking on South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais as he tours the state to discuss his plan to evaluate educators by a method that includes standardized test scores as a big percentage of the overall assessment. Teachers repeatedly tell him that it is unfair — not to mention unreliable — to use student scores to evaluate the effectiveness of a teacher. This video shows a recent contentious meeting in which Zais dismisses these concerns, “What I’m hearing is that teachers can’t be accountable for student learning.” The teachers, naturally, disagreed.



As part of the new evaluation system, Zais had a plan to give teachers A-F grades, and a pilot program began this school year in 22 schools around South Carolina. It has already got a thumbs-down from South Carolina Board of Education chairman Dennis Thompson, who told the South Carolina Radio Network that he doesn’t think the members of his board will approve it.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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Valerie Strauss · November 27, 2012