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JSD to take on teacher evaluation plan

Posted: June 6, 2011 - 9:23pm

The Juneau School District Board of Education is scheduled to take action on a new teacher evaluation plan today.

The old plan featured a four-page document committee members and staff feel is too vague. The new plan is outlined in a 90-page document and includes a 40-point rubric.

Some board members during last month’s first reading felt the plan didn’t place enough weight on student achievement, and placed too much on other factors. At last month’s meeting, member Mark Choate pointed out that of the 40-point system, only one point graded a teacher on student achievement. Board member Barbara Thurston mostly agreed with Choate, saying the weight of student achievement needs to be higher than one-fortieth.

The board is scheduled to take final action on the new plan today.

In other business, the board also will look at approving a swimming curriculum.

When the city built Dimond Park Aquatic Center, part of the funding came from state education grants. This requires the school district to implement an educational swimming curriculum. The board will consider approving a swimming curriculum to physical education. It will include five phases a student can take, beginning in fourth grade. This coming school year, this program will only be available to fourth-graders due to budget constraints, but the program is designed to serve grades 4-8.

Today the board also is expected to finalize its meeting schedule for the next year and update bullying and discipline policies for high school and middle school students.

It meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Juneau-Douglas High School library. It also meets at 4:30 p.m. in the same location to honor JSD retiring employees.

For a full agenda and related documents see: http://www.juneauschools.org/board/meetings/packets.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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