Curriculum and Instruction Weekly
April 4, 2014
Giving It a Try
School Performance Report Presentation to Board
Common Core and PARCC Resources
Twitter and NJ Common Core Leadership Summit
NJASA Achieve NJ Survey Results
References to Teachers, means, teacher/NJEA member; Principal means principal, assistant principal, director, supervisor/NJPSA Member; Superintendent means superintendent/NJASA Member.
The majority of respondents disagreed with the statement, I feel confident that ACHIEVE NJ will achieve its goals. Teachers' levels of confidence were far lower than that of principals and superintendents.
Only half of the teacher respondents reported their belief that they had adequate information about their role in the evaluation system. Principals (80%) and superintendents (95%) overwhelmingly believed they had adequate information. However, less than one third of respondents (teachers, principals and superintendents) reported they had adequate administrative/supervisory staff to meet the requirements of the new evaluation process.
Principals and superintendents largely agreed that adequate training on the teacher evaluation system had been provided. However, only 42% of teachers agree. 85% of the responding superintendents believed their districts provided adequate training on the principal evaluation model, only 47% of the principals agreed.
There was little agreement with the statement: My district has adequate financial resources to meet the new requirement: 23% teachers, 32% principals and 26% superintendents.
The perceptions of collaboration around the development of Student Growth Objectives (SGO's) were broadly mixed. While 90% of superintendents and 74% of principals agreed, only 44% of teachers agreed that teachers and principals have collaborated to develop SGO's that are understood by teachers, principals, and evaluators.
While 60% of superintendents reported that parents and community members have been provided with information about the new requirements, only 11% of the teachers and 28% of the principals agreed.
Generally, all groups agreed that local curricula are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Perceptions are mixed around the use of rigorous school-based assessments that capture student mastery in all subject areas.
An overwhelming 93% of the superintendents who responded reported capacity concerns to implement the new evaluation requirements. The same 93% reported that current administrative/supervisory staff has absorbed the workload; 20% hired additional full time or part time staff; 14% have reassigned workloads among staff and 2.5% have entered into shared services arrangements with another school district.
The Arts Matter - April 3, 2014
Thanks also to Tom Haralampoudis who provided this video clip.
Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, April 8th 2014 at 7:30pm
170 Ridgedale Ave
Madison Band Festival
Wednesday, April 9th 2014 at 7:30pm
170 Ridgedale Ave
All Madison and Harding band students 6-12 to perform.