ATPE, other teacher groups to testify on teacher evaluation tomorrow

The House Public Education Committee has scheduled an interim hearing tomorrow, May 14, to discuss the state’s new plans for teacher and principal evaluations and other issues relating to teacher quality. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R–Killeen) has invited representatives of all four teacher groups to provide expert testimony on the following interim charge:

Explore innovative, research-based options for improving student achievement beyond standardized test scores. Evaluate standards for effective campus management as well as teacher preparation, certification, and training. Review current teacher evaluation tools and instructional methods, such as project-based learning, and recommend any improvements that would promote improved student achievement. Engage stakeholders on how to recruit and retain more of our “best and brightest” into the teaching profession.

The full witness list is as follows:

Panel A. Changing Texas Classrooms
• Patty C. Hill, Mathematics Teacher, Kealing Middle School, Austin Independent School District
• Carl Hooker, Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Eanes Independent School District
• Andrew Kim, Superintendent, Comal Independent School District
• Chrystal Carlin, Principal, Alamo Colleges – Memorial Early College High School, Comal Independent School District

Panel B. Texas Teaching Commission
• Jim Nelson, Vice Chair, Texas Teaching Commission

Panel C. Update on Teacher Evaluation, Educator Preparation Program Accountability and other Teacher Quality Initiatives
• Michele Moore, Associate Commissioner for Educator Leadership and Quality, Texas Education Agency
• Von Byer, Deputy General Counsel, Texas Education Agency

Panel D. Teacher Perspectives
• Jennifer M. Canaday, Governmental Relations Manager, Association of Texas Professional Educators
• Holly Eaton, Director of Professional Development and Advocacy, Texas Classroom Teachers Association
• Ted Melina Raab, Senior Legislative Agent, Texas AFT
• Portia Bosse, Government Relations Specialist, Texas State Teachers Association

The committee will also hear public testimony at the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Click here to watch a live or archived webcast of the hearing, and stay tuned to Teach the Vote for a complete recap following the hearing.

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  1. Deann

    Jennifer, you will do an outstanding job. Thank you for speaking on our behalf. Please let them know that there are SO many other ways to evaluate teachers other than test scores.


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