In February 9, 2012, history was made – 10 states were granted relief from the provisions that, among other mandates, requires SES. For many SES providers, particularly providers in the states of Florida and Georgia, hearing the news was devastating. While the news was expected, the finality of the announcement made real what was previously abstract.
The question many providers are asking themselves is this – what are you going to do now? Are there supplemental services that you would still be able to offer to school districts that will still have to implement government mandates if they receive Title I money? The answer is YES.
You should be glad you are reading this newsletter today because you have the option to come in on the ground floor on the next SES. It is called Teacher Evaluation. As part of the requirements set in place by the waiver process, states are required to emphasize teacher evaluations as well as have a system in place for evaluating, identifying and either rewarding or dismissing teachers. States are already aware that this system of Teacher Evaluation will have to be outsourced to companies. Districts are going to be looking for rigorous evaluation programs that comply with waiver requirements and budget considerations will always mean that you can provide great value for any district budget.
For a provider who opts to take this path, it will require learning a new language while keeping some of the lessons learned from SES. For example, an analysis of student data must accompany teacher evaluations – meaning that Pretests and Posttests will still be part of the conversation. Best practices for teachers, teacher training, and evaluating teaching methodologies will be part of a company’s offerings. Training on evaluations and their effectiveness will be necessary.
How big is this projected to be? Consider that the state of Florida will require, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, every teacher to undergo yearly evaluations in order to keep their positions.
In the next few months, we will begin to review, in depth, what Teacher Evaluation compliance means to you and how you can begin the process of offering Teacher Evaluation Services to your school districts. One door may have closed but several others have opened.
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