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February 13, 2013

Board discusses teacher evaluation system

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward's Board of Education voted in favor of a 2-year extension on the implementation on a new teacher leader effectiveness (TLE) system.

During the school board's monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, Superintendent Tim Merchant explained that the TLE is a new teacher evaluation system which features both a qualitative as well as a quantitative aspect.

Merchant explained that the qualitative portion involves principals actively observing educators as they teach in the classroom. The quantitive portion relies on students' testing results to evaluate a teachers' effectiveness.

The superintendent said Woodward Public Schools would only be requesting an extension on the quantitative aspect of the test, "Because the test for that portion of the evaluation hasn't been developed yet."

He explained that the request would only postpone the quantitative portion of the test until such time that a test specifically designed to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers could be developed and implemented into the system.

Merchant said many other Oklahoma school districts were also displeased with the current plans to use a quantitative test which Merchant described as "up in the air."

"There's so much controversy surrounding the quantitative portion of the test, I think it's important that we join with our other schools until such time that there's an adequately valid and fair way to evaluate the teachers," he said.


In another teacher related matter, the school board approved awarding the $5,000 National Board Certified stipends for 2012-2013 to the 19 teachers, librarians, counselors and speech pathologists who are board certified in the Woodward school district.

In other action, the school board voted Linda Harrison as the new board president, and Doris Ames as vice president.

The school board also set a March 14 date for the sale of $5,335,000 building bonds of Woodward school district. These bonds had been approved in 2008 and had been used for construction of the new Early Childhood Center as well as the additions at each of the 3 elementary schools.

In the event that the acting president or clerk for the school district was unable to be present at the time of the bond sale, Ames was appointed to sign as president and Merchant as clerk.

The school board members also met for 2 1/2 hours in executive session in which they were slated to discuss proposed hirings and Merchant's annual superintendent review.

After returning to open session, the board voted to hire 3 people, Staci Tuck as a Highland Park Elementary teacher, Michelle Rearden as a High School Educational paraprofessional, and Elvira Ayala as ECC custodian.  No action was taken regarding Merchant's performance review.

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