Anna Kuperman: SLOs are Unfair to Teachers and Students
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Connecting SLOs with punitive measures in the teacher evaluation model creates enormous amounts of stress for teachers. It demoralizes teachers by forcing us to spend inordinate amounts of unpaid time on a task that has not been proven to improve student performance.
SLOs take away from instructional time with students. Writing SLOs takes away from proven methods that raise student achievement: planning time, grading, writing recommendations, meeting with parents, and professional development (to mention a few of the after hours tasks that teachers complete because we know that these tasks improve our students’ learning and our teaching).
Teacher effectiveness should not be based on student’s ability to learn. Teachers cannot be held accountable for the injustices that students face—poverty resulting in not enough to eat, basic physical and mental health needs not being met, children taking on parental roles, educational budget cuts resulting in fewer services and programs for children. A myriad of issues outside a teacher’s control shape student results on assessments.
SLOs shift the focus from teaching and learning to data collection and evaluation. Principal and teacher time is disproportionately focused on SLOs. Students lose instructional time and are forced to take more tests that are not meaningful.
Administrators, teachers, and students deserve a fair, reliable evaluation system that provides teachers with meaningful feedback. SLOs should be removed from the teacher evaluation model. They have potential as a means of measuring student progress, but should not be used with punitive consequences for teachers.
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The U.S. Department of Education announced the official FY 2011 two-year and official FY 2010 three-year federal student loan cohort default rates (CDR).
The national two-year cohort default rate rose from 9.1 percent for FY 2010 to 10 percent for FY 2011. The three-year cohort default rate rose from 13.4 percent for FY 2009 to 14.7 percent for FY 2010.
Below are the FY 2010 default rates for all post-secondary schools in Rhode Island listed with the Department of Education, from lowest default rates -- to the highest.
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