The Edmond Sun

February 8, 2013

Edmond school board hopes to hold off on state evaluation system

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Board of Education members voted 5-0 to send a resolution to Oklahoma legislators requesting the Oklahoma Legislature provide an additional two years to fully implement current reform efforts and to extend the timeline with regard to adding the quantitative piece of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System.

Superintendent David Goin stated the qualitative part of the TLE took six days of training, and now teachers are in the process of putting the elements they learned in place.

“It takes a lot of time to practice, hone and put in line,” Goin said.

He went on to say the quantitative is tied to student growth data.

“Right now that part is being worked out on the state level as we practice what we have learned.”

Associate Superintendent of Educational Services Tara Fair added teachers are also getting Common Core ready for testing in 2015.

“There is only so much you can do all at once,” Goin said, as layer upon layer is being added (to the teachers’ work load). At some point you will have a declining level of effectiveness.

“Qualities of teaching are being evaluated and when you add quantitative and Common Core State Standards and try to move them through in a hurried-up way, the stress level becomes higher.”

Goin emphasized the district is not trying to get out of work but wants to implement the action in a sound way.

“The structures for the quantitative measures are all not in place at the state level including the software as well as the framework,” Goin added. “It is premature at this time to move forward.”

Board member George Cohlmia asked what would happen if the resolution passes.

Goin responded he would hope that the resolution would have an impact across the state, and he hoped the Oklahoma School Board associations across the state would be behind it.


Football still on at UCO’s Wantland

School board members voted 5-0 to pay the University of Central Oklahoma $7,350 per football game for the 2013-14 school year for rental of Wantland Stadium. A total of $150,000 will be paid in rent for the year’s games.

Board member Kathleen Duncan voiced a concern as to what would happen when a fourth high school is completed and there more than likely would be a problem scheduling games at UCO among the four high schools.

“One of the strategies is to improve high school stadiums,” said Associate Superintendent of General Administration Bret Town. “At a later date there will be a point where this will become discussion for future bond issues.”