This two-year study was adopted by delegates at the 2011 state League Convention. Its focus is on the growing movement toward "results based" evaluation of teachers, nationally and in South Carolina. We will: explore what makes a teacher effective; examine "best practices" in teacher evaluation and compare them with current practices employed by school districts in South Carolina; identify models of school districts in which rigorous methods of evaluation and ongoing teacher support are components of a systematic approach to putting an effective teacher in every classroom. For information, contact Study Co-Chairs Jon Butzon, LWVSC K-12 Education Director (email@example.com), and Peggy Huchet, LWV/Charleston Area (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The study's purpose is to examine the movement to evaluate and compensate teachers based on what the students in their classroom have learned. Across the nation, school districts and states are instituting new evaluation systems that hold teachers accountable for the academic growth of their students. Not surprisingly, the change is quite controversial. Yet we know that SC is poised to follow.
The study has three goals:
The committee will focus on Goal #1 this year and to take up Goals #2 and #3 in the study's second year. Committee members will spend the next several months researching three broad questions and informing League members about their findings:
Here is what the committee hopes to accomplish this year:
In the coming months, we expect that the South Carolina Superintendent of Education will propose revisions to the state's teacher evaluation process incorporating performance-based standards. Proposed legislation will not be far behind. We think it is important for the LWVSC to have a position on these matters and to participate in the debate + so important that we anticipate asking local Leagues to hold consensus meetings early in 2012 and want to bring a position statement to the members at the League Council meeting in April.
The Study Committee members who are taking on this very ambitious schedule are: Jon Butzon, Paula Egelson and Peggy Huchet, LWV Charleston Area; Paula Appling, LWV Clemson Area; Sally Huguley and Janelle Rivers, LWV Columbia Area; Pat Borenstein and Jan Welch, LWV Greenville County; Pamela Hollinger, LWV Hilton Head-Bluffton Area.
Watch for reports of the committee's progress at http://www.lwvsc.org/ and plan to participate in a consensus meeting coming soon to a location near you. Got questions or comments? Contact Jon or Peggy.
Documents Relevant to the Study This is a link to a repository of documents relevant to the study.