I'm not sure if other states are going through what we are ( TN is a Race to the Top state & to be that we have to jump through some hoops ). I am attaching the link of the teacher rubrics so that you can see what is being expected of us. You will see quickly that this was not designed for art, music, P.E, or any other special area teacher. CLICK HERE --> TN TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM
However, it isn't just unfair to special area teachers...the whole thing is unrealistic. The word on the street is that the principals were told not to give 5's. In my opinion if you are unable to get a score..than the system is unfair. That is like us having an A-F scale for grading, but never giving (or being able to give) an A. I'm pretty confident in my teaching (knowing I..like everyone...has room to grow). I personally feel I'm a 5 in many aspects of teaching...not being cocky...just know what my strengths are! However, as I look at the rubric...I could never score a 5 in many of the areas because of the nature of what we teach! In assessment & evaluation of my students under the heading PLANNING.....I received a 3. Even though I had 3 forms of assessment listed that I'd be using...and they saw 2 of them in action during my observation time.....because I did not having writing for included for this lesson...I received a 3. Oh...what was I teaching in that lesson??! Tints & shades skylines to 1st graders!!! Because in my one hour a week that I have the kids...while teaching a new concept and using tempera paint...I have time to break out the pencil and paper for my FIRST GRADERS to write about their project?!?!?!?! Oh my. Anyways.
Another result of this is unholy lesson plans!!!!!!!!!!!! The first week it took me about 4 hrs. I've heard classroom teachers working over 8 hrs! 9..10 page lesson plans are not unheard of under this new system. And those aren't getting teachers 5's! One teacher was informed if she just had written more to her plans she would have gotten a higher score....but it was fine if she wanted to be a 3 teacher. That is enough to really anger a person...because in our minds...a 3 is a C. My school is full of amazing type A personalities that expect much from theirselves and their students. No way in the world would they want to be considered a C.
Do you wanna see what others are saying about our evaluation system...read/watch this...it was on our local news. The principal says it will take him 300+ hrs just to do the evaluations this school year. Does your principal have enough time to spend 50 days out of the year just doing evaluations and nothing else?!?!?! click HERE to see the artical