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Holmdel Schools Look to Adopt New Teacher Evaluation Program

The committee recommended Danielson's Framework for Teaching.

The Holmdel School District is looking to adopt a new teacher evaluation program with a stronger, more structured rubric.

Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Currie said the Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee has met since May to determine a new evaluation system for the district which follows current state recommendations.

The committee recommended Danielson's Framework for Teaching, which Currie said most closely resembles methods the district has already employed.

"Using the rubrics, we can easily expand what we are already doing," Currie said. 

Rubrics allow consistency between observors in the classroom. Generally, teachers are observed more than one per year. By following a structure, observors can also make consistent suggestions.

Board member Joseph Hammer said while the Danielson method does evaluate the amount and effectiveness of teacher and parent communication, he believes parent input should have more weight.

"Who better to evaluate whether a kid is being educated or not than the parents?"

The vote before the board for the Danielson method was simply to buy the licensing and acquire rubrics, costing $25 per school, btu Currie said the board has the option of adding to the evaluation process if the Teacher's Union accepts the conditions.

Summary of evaluation rubric:

  • Planning and preparation
  • Classroom environment
  • Instruction
  • Professional responsibilities 

The following people made up the Teacher Evaluation Committee:

Superintendent Barbara Duncan, BOE Member Barbara Garrity, HTEA President Denise King, HTAA President Brian Schillaci, Currie, Mandie Peart, HTEA Vice President Michael Welter, Diane Gothelf, John Graham, Denean Burke, Melissa Gerbino, Jeanne Remuzzi, Doreen DeMarco.

William Loughran January 30, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I wish to clarify Andrew's last comment about the Newsweek survey. While it is true that HHS did not appear on their list in 2011, neither did 10-15 other top schools from New Jersey, including a school like Millburn. If memory serves, 2011 was the first year they went to an email method for collecting data. Nevertheless, this is not an excuse, and I made sure to speak with the individuals at Newsweek responsible for the rankings, so that I could be certain we got the invitation to send our data in for 2012. I am happy to report that we did submit our data in 2012 and were ranked #179 - 13th in New Jersey and 6th among comprehensive high schools around the Garden State. We look forward to submitting our data once again this spring (2013); hopefully, this will yield a similar ranking. Regardless, we are proud of the school's accomplishments, and are committed to continuous improvement.
Andrew January 30, 2013 at 03:39 AM
As a Holmdel parent who had a high school child applying for colleges during that time it is not comforting to know that HHS was part of an elite and exclusive group of 10-15 schools that failed to submit their data to be ranked in the Newsweek Top High Schools survey. In my humble opinion we should have been ranked #1 for having a Superintendent and Principal asleep at the wheel.
Patricia J January 30, 2013 at 01:25 PM
If you're a parent who is concerned about how your school is ranked in a magazine, you're concerned about the wrong things. Seriously, who cares. I think it's nice the administration is gathering this data and sending it off, but whether we get in Newsweek's rankings or not doesn't matter one iota to my kid's future. Study hard, get good grades, get involved, be a good person, and the rest takes care of itself.
Leah March 09, 2013 at 06:06 PM
As per the NJ DOE: http://blogs.app.com/learning/2013/03/06/nj-teacher-principal-evaluations-move-forward/
Andrew April 25, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Happened yet again. Last time was Newsweek this time with US News & World Report. Superintendent Duncan and Principal asleep at the wheel again. http://holmdel-hazlet.patch.com/articles/holmdel-high-slighted-in-top-high-schools-ranking

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