“We’re not in disagreement with the findings and recommendations in the UConn Neag study of the implementation of SEED. And we’re committed to ongoing discussion and further collaboration with the State Department of Education and school district officials to address the issues with implementation it has identified.
“Of particular note, the study found that a significant number of teachers in the pilot districts believe a better evaluation process will support an improved education experience for their students. That’s encouraging — and not surprising — as classroom educators have long said that effective professional development and evaluation must be about improving teaching, not just rating teachers.
“Going forward, we intend to remain fully engaged in the process of effectively implementing a better and more effective evaluation system. Applying the hard work, reflection, care, persistence and intellect of great teachers to this task is the way to ensure it’s done right.”
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AFT Connecticut represents more than 29,000 professionals across the state, including PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators and education support personnel in 29 local and regional school districts. Follow the union on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aftct.