Today's other news besides the new report cards includes a story from Catalyst about the latest school closing criteria, an update from a recent report about merging teacher observations and teacher value-added scores (also from Catalyst), and of course the Lewis apology (which has gone national, BTW).
Teacher evaluation pilot shows promise Catalyst: The researchers found that the conversations that principals and teachers had with the new framework were more reflective and based on concrete evidence. However, they note that the principals did most of the talking and that, for the most part, they didn’t ask teachers hard questions.
School-closing opponents turn out to meeting Catalyst: Not only were many audience members opposed to school closings, they were also skeptical that Oliver Sicat, the Chief Portfolio Officer, would have the power to make changes based on their feedback. Angela Surney, whose children attend Marconi, which was on the school closings list last year, but was spared, compared Sicat to a “puppet” and a “sheep led to slaughter.”
Teachers union president apologizes after 'ugly' remarks caught on videeo Tribune: Lewis said Monday she was wrong to make the joke and called Duncan to explain. Education department spokesman Justin Hamilton said today that Duncan accepted her apology.