Teacher Evaluations Mandatory for Missouri
COLUMBIA - After accepting financial aid as a part of the federal stimulus package last year, the state of Missouri now owes the government some homework. For the 2010-2011 school year, every school district in the state is required to file teacher evaluation forms to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (D.E.S.E.).
Some in the academic field are not happy with these additional requirements being imposed on district level education. "It's a privacy issue," said Kent King, the Executive Director of the Missouri State Teachers Association. King went on to explain how the teachers and employees of a specific district are unique to that district, and judging them at the federal or even state level is unfair.
The federal government is not requiring any specific type of teacher evaluation, instead allowing each district to decide the methods themselves. The only point that the government is adamant about is that each district describe its methods of evaluation in detail, so the government can understand the ratings.
Although D.E.S.E. will receive the teacher evaluations that every school district is filling out, it claims it's simply reporting on how the employees are being graded, not the actual grades themselves. Communications coordinator Michele Clark explained that D.E.S.E. is comparing the evaluations on a singular scale, but that they are aware that the data is being taken from a wide variety of schools across the state. "We will be able to look at the rural versus urban versus suburban school districts as we can with any other statewide data."