Has the MET Study really nailed this down?
It seems every bit as likely to me that Kentucky's education leaders are simply buying into a questionable approach because national folks like Gates and Duncan are the only ones funding school improvement efforts. Consider: If the commissioner had to wait for the General Assembly to fix the tax structure, make the retirement system solvent, and properly fund the schools, he'd die of old age before he'd ever have a chance of making a difference. As it is, he can't even buy textbooks.
In the meantime, state control of public education, as promised by the Constitution's "reserve clause," is being given away to the federal government more and more every day.
This from Dr. H's blog:
Progress on a Professional Growth and Effectiveness SystemThis week, Kentucky made significant movement toward a statewide teacher and principal effectiveness system.
While Kentucky usually is one of the first states to implement education reform ideas, on teacher/principal effectiveness we have moved very deliberately. Why? The research in this field is developing, so there are many strategies but not many proven strategies to improve teacher/principal effectiveness systems. With the recent release of the Gates-funded Measuring Effective Teaching Project results, we are now seeing “causal” relationships between teaching and student learning. Kentucky is replicating the MET project on a state level and hopefully our work will inform the field.
Our significant progress with the teacher/principal effectiveness work has been led by a terrific team of Kentucky Department of Education educators led by Associate Commissioner Felicia Cummings Smith. They have had the honor of working with a stakeholder group that has teachers in the majority. This week, I shared the honor of working with the Teacher Effectiveness Steering Committee and have included my remarks to that group below.
By the end of the two-day meeting, the committee had made significant progress toward development of key recommendations to guide legislation and regulatory language. The Kentucky Board of Education will receive an update on this work at the February meeting. Also, we anticipate Rep. Carl Rollins filing legislation in February that reflects the work of the group; then the Kentucky Board of Education will implement the regulatory language process in April.