Report highlights Hawaii teacher evaluations
By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU — A national report praises Hawaii for being one of only a few states with a teacher evaluation system that ties teachers’ compensation to their performance.
“In most other professions, performance matters and good performance is rightfully rewarded with promotions and salary increases,” the National Council on Teacher Quality said in the report released Wednesday. “But not in teaching. Unfortunately, across the United States, there is little movement to base teacher salary on performance.”
The report highlights that just Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Utah and the District of Columbia directly tie teacher compensation to teacher evaluation results.
Teacher evaluations were implemented this school year after a bitter contract dispute between the state and the Hawaii State Teachers Association over the issue.
Starting in July, only teachers who receive a rating of “effective” or higher will be eligible to receive pay increases. The evaluation system is also a key part of reforms that won Hawaii a $75 million federal “Race to the Top” grant.
“Hawaii was in flux for so long,” said Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based council. “Now that things have begun to play out, it does look like the requirements in place look good for building a strong system. It certainly has been a struggle.”
The report has some recommendations for Hawaii, including making aggregate school-level data about teacher performance publicly available. That data is especially meaningful for a statewide district like Hawaii, Jacobs said, to show how equitably teachers are distributed within schools. “High-needs schools need to have same access to effective teachers,” she said.
Jacobs said the council will be tracking how Hawaii’s teacher evaluation policies evolve.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.