CENTERBURG — A handful of Centerburg teachers are among the most effective in the state, based on student growth calculations. Elementary teachers Tammy Bovenizer, Tonia Gregory, Gideon Maxwell and Erin White, along with middle school instructors Ron Francis, Todd Kish and Vickie Eckhart have been rated as Most Effective, placing them in the top 10 percent in the state.
Unlike the previous system which measures teachers’ effectiveness based on the number of students they were able to get to pass a one-time, snapshot test at a minimal level of proficiency, the state teacher evaluation system which goes into effect next year, is based on how much the teachers are able to help each student attain at least a year’s worth of growth.
CES principal John Morgan said, “When we focus our attention on growth versus a minimal level of achievement, our students are better prepared for the next level of instruction which will lead to even greater success for the student.”
There are five ratings under the new system: Most Effective, Above Average, Average, Approaching Average and Least Effective.
“To be categorized in the average category means that the teacher is rock solid and creates an environment where students grow at least a year’s worth,” said Morgan. “To be in the above average or most effective means that the students grew more than a year’s worth while under his or her direction. Our teachers’ most effective rankings come as no surprise to me as I get to witness the dedication and devotion to students of these great teachers everyday.”
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