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  • Tentative Agreement & Salary Schedule The BEA and Board bargaining teams met on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 and reached a tentative agreement for 2015-2016. That agreement is posted on the home page of this ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:40 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
  • Board Adds PRESS Positions for Primary Readers On June 11, 2015 Dianne Martinez, the Executive Director of Elementary Instruction, presented a plan to hire six half-time classified persons to assist with primary reading instruction. This was ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:43 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
  • Board Adopts 2015-2016 Budget by Granger Meador, BEA Chief NegotiatorFor months the Superintendent's Budget Development Committee has been working to project 2015-2016 funding, assess district budget requests, and develop a budget ...
    Posted May 29, 2015, 5:01 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
  • May 2015 BEA Line The May 2015 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.
    Posted May 5, 2015, 7:07 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
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Tentative Agreement & Salary Schedule

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:40 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 5:40 AM ]

The BEA and Board bargaining teams met on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 and reached a tentative agreement for 2015-2016. That agreement is posted on the home page of this website, in both a clean copy and a mark-up version, along with links to the proposed salary schedule and extra duty increments.

A Ratification Newsletter outlining the changes is attached to this post and is also posted on the home page of this website.

All teachers will be asked to consider ratifying the tentative agreement after the District Back-to-School Rally scheduled for August 13, 2015.

Board Adds PRESS Positions for Primary Readers

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:32 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 5:43 AM ]

On June 11, 2015 Dianne Martinez, the Executive Director of Elementary Instruction, presented a plan to hire six half-time classified persons to assist with primary reading instruction. This was in response to a board request at its previous meeting when it adopted a budget cut eliminating the six Primary Reading Teachers at each elementary school.

The new Primary Reading Education Student Support (PRESS) positions will not be highly qualified instructors, so they will be working with various K-3 students identified at each site as needing extra help, most likely using existing guided reading libraries under the direction of the instructional coach at each site. In some cases, a PRESS position might be filled by a former teacher with appropriate experience and skills to use the previous PRT curriculum. The focus of the program, like the former PRT program, is to help students reach grade level for promotion from third grade.

The board voted to adopt the plan, which is projected to cost $60,000 versus the $283,800 projected cost of the six teaching positions which had been eliminated. Thus the net cost reduction is projected to be $223,800.

Board Adopts 2015-2016 Budget

posted May 28, 2015, 10:51 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 29, 2015, 5:01 AM ]

by Granger Meador, BEA Chief Negotiator

For months the Superintendent's Budget Development Committee has been working to project 2015-2016 funding, assess district budget requests, and develop a budget recommendation for the local board of education. I have the dubious distinction of being the only teacher on the committee. The recommendation was considered and approved by the board of education on Thursday, May 28, 2015. It includes a number of personnel changes caused by the Grades 9-12 reconfiguration and personnel cuts across all grade levels to address inadequate state funding.

State Funding Isn't As Flat As You May Think
The legislature has been crowing about providing a "flat" state education budget, failing to acknowledge that the overall increase in the state's student population means that there will actually be less funding per pupil. Bartlesville is projecting a $107,000 loss in state formula funding from this, and that loss could be even greater if our guess on a leveling off of "virtual" student enrollments in the state is incorrect.

The governor and most legislators fail to acknowledge that their repeated cuts in the state income tax have devastated state revenues, on top of the revenue losses from the latest downturn in the petroleum industry, which is always volatile. Rather than allow state schools and services to recover from huge cuts in 2009, the income tax cuts have held down funding and promise to grow even worse later this year as yet another income tax cut takes effect. This is galling since the legislature struggled to deal with a $600 million gap in funding this session and failed to do anything to address a statewide teacher shortage caused by lowest-in-the-region salaries (Oklahoma only ranks above South Dakota, Mississippi, and Idaho in average teacher salaries).

Local Spending Cut Over $600,000
The legislature and governor's irresponsible income tax cuts have forced the legislature to raid the state "rainy day fund" and drain many "revolving accounts" even as they cut funding for higher education, vo-tech schools, and most state agencies. These strategies are not sustainable and the fear that there could be a state funding shortfall in early 2016 and cuts in state school funding in the next legislative session led the local school board to adopt a budget that cuts spending by almost $603,000.

The school board has been spending more than it took in as revenue for the past several years, spending down its fund balance in hopes that state funding would recover. That has not happened and now the fund balance is down to roughly 8.2% with encumbrances. Long-standing board policy has been to not dip below a 7% fund balance, which would happen without significant cuts in spending.

Even with over $600,000 in spending reductions, the fund balance is still expected to decline to 7.5%. That leaves only about $240,000 of buffer above the 7% fund balance level, which could quickly be drained by state funding cuts or unexpected expenses.

Board Members Agonized Over Cutting Primary Reading Teachers
The board members readily accepted most of the budget committee recommendations, but spent time discussing the Even Start program and agonized over cutting all six of the Primary Reading Teachers (PRTs) and cutting site budgets by 8.3%. The PRTs were added in 2013-2014 so that each elementary school had another teacher to work with the students having the most difficulty passing newly mandated 3rd grade reading tests for promotion to 4th grade. While the program has been successful in helping students improve their reading skills, it cost almost $284,000 annually with no new state funding to support it.

Given the unsustainable funding actions in the state legislature, I was adamant in recommending to the board that all six PRT positions be cut so as to maintain a projected 7.5% fund balance. One board member was concerned about funding a new string teacher position (requested because of the very high student/teacher ratio in the program, higher than in any peer district) even as reading teachers were being cut. Questions were answered about why the middle school string program has open enrollment and how the committee established its funding priorities.

Eventually the five board members present unanimously voted to adopt a budget cutting all six PRT positions and reduce the site budgets (Vice-President Scott Bilger and newly appointed member Tyler Vaclaw were absent). However, the board directed Dianne Martinez, the Executive Director of Elementary Education, to work on a significantly cheaper plan to provide some reading support, to be presented to the board at a future meeting. Initial possibilities include creating one or more classified positions to assist with reading in place of the six certified positions which were cut. The board also discussed how, if mid-year revenue turns out well in early 2016, it could then restore the site budgets.

Even Start Childcare Program Discussed
Some years back an Even Start Childcare Program was funded by a state grant, but the grant ran out. The district sustained the program as a mechanism to help reduce dropouts by providing pregnant students with child care, and some teachers and members of the public also took advantage of the program. Two teachers spoke in support of the program during public comment at the previous board meeting. However, state funding and fees are only covering about 3/4 of the cost of the program, and lately only 3 students and 9 teachers were using the program. Since it would cost the district almost $25,000 to continue the program and child care is not a core district mission, the board opted to end it.

Certified and Classified Step Increases and Administrative Raises Funded
Recognizing that certified step increases actually cost the district no additional funding, due to more experienced teachers retiring and typically being replaced by ones with less experience, and that classified and administrative positions require similar small increases to keep up with part of the increased cost of living and thus both attract and retain employees, the board approved the usual step increases for certified and classified employees and the usual administrative raises.

Suspension of Planned Certified Raise for Adding 5 Minutes to Instructional Day
The third part of a three-year plan to increase the instructional day by 15 minutes was suspended. It would have provided a $460 raise for all teachers while increasing the mandated teacher work day from 7 hours 25 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes. Board members said they still hoped to fund that change in a future year if the state improves district funding. In 2015-2016 the instructional day at all schools will increase to reflect the 10 minutes added to the teacher work day (and paid for by across-the-board raises) over the past two years.

Step 27 Added; All Out-of-State Experience Recognized
The board recognized that our salary schedule is not competitive with our peers for career teachers, with our schedule ending at step 26 while the peer average goes through step 33 and some peer districts go through step 40. They approved adding Step 27 to the salary schedule; this change was also fully paid for by attrition.

In an effort to improve our district's competitiveness in attracting out-of-state teachers, the board approved recognizing ALL out-of-state teaching experience in our certified salary schedule. The state only requires that 5 years of out-of-state experience be recognized, but Bartlesville for many years has recognized 8 years of out-of-state experience. Now all teachers in the district, beginning in 2015-2016, will shift on the salary schedule to a step reflecting all accumulated out-of-state experience up to the limits of the schedule.

Both the addition of Step 27 and recognizing out-of-state experience will need to be formalized when the BEA team bargains with the board team on June 9 to develop a new Tentative Agreement for 2015-2016, subject to teacher and board ratification in August.

Detailed Budget Changes
Below is a summary of the various changes in the budget approved by the board:




Certified Step Increase ($60,233)The projected cost is $222,989 but the certified attrition savings is ($283,222), so this actually costs the district nothing to implement
Add Certified Step 27$38,879 This can also be fully paid for by the certified attrition savings
Extra-Duty Increments $7,600 A number of increments are being restructured or eliminated due to the change to a 9-12 high school; there are also some increases to reflect peer averages, increased duties, etc.
Recognize All Out-of-State Teaching Experience $38,680This means all existing teachers with more than 8 years of out-of-state experience will shift to higher steps on the salary schedule
$10 per day increase in substitute teacher pay$44,116 This was a priority for the BEA since many teachers have had to cover or combine classes due to a lack of substitute teachers
Classified Step Increase$118,946 This $0.18/hour step increase does not actually cost as much as is projected, but high turnover makes it impractical to calculate classified attrition savings 
Administrative Raises$35,430 Administrator salaries typically are raised by the same percentage as teacher salaries via step increases BUT then those are pro-rated for days worked beyond the school year, so the actual percentage of pay increase is higher for administrators than for teachers; I'm okay with this practice since Bartlesville teachers fare better vs. peer averages than do Bartlesville administrators
9-12 School Reconfiguration ($250,696)Overall there will be the expected large savings in personnel costs from the grades 9-12 reconfiguration, but the details are complex:
  • Reduce 6.5 support positions
  • Reduce 9-12 English teacher
  • Reduce Bruin Brilliance teacher
  • Reduce Mid-High principal
  • Reduce 9-12 Multihandicap teacher
  • Reduce 9-12 Physical Education teacher
  • Replace 9-12 Counselor with 9-12 Bruin Academy Dean
  • Change 5 part-time teachers (math, science, social studies, and 2 foreign language) to full-time and add another science teacher and another social studies teacher; these increases are due to the change from a 7-period teacher day in grades 9 and 10 to a 6-period day
Reduce Site Budgets ($33,500)Site budgets were cut from $70/pupil to $60/pupil in 2009; this reduces them further to $55/pupil
Orchestra Changes $42,300Replace part-time orchestra assistant with full-time string teacher since Bartlesville currently has 169 students/string teacher; peer districts range from 62 to 130 students/string teacher
ELL/ELD change $15,044A 0.6 Title I teacher at Central will change to a full-time English Languge Learner (ELL) teacher to increase ELL support at all school sites (FYI, the acronym ELL is changing to ELD = English Language Development, but that doesn't cost anything)
Reduce four Grades 6-8 Language Arts Teachers($189,200) Both Central and Madison will have a 6-period day in Grades 7 and 8, so instead of both Reading and Language Arts classes, those students will only have a Language Arts class
Reduce six Primary Reading Teachers ($283,800)These positions were added in 2013-2014; Ms. Martinez will present at a later board meeting a cheaper alternative support mechanism
Reduce two elementary school teachers ($94,600)Based on pre-enrollment
Reduce two Special Education teachers ($94,600)Additional reduction of PreK-8 Multihandicap teachers by consolidating those students at fewer school sites
End Even Start Childcare Program ($24,836)This program began with a grant some years ago, but the grant ran out and the program is operating at a significant loss
Move Operation Eagle tutors to federal funds ($3,300)Tutors will now be funded out of federal funds rather than local general fund
Reduce Teacher Technology Specialist ($66,233)The person in that position is retiring and will not be replaced
Site-level Instructional Technology stipends $9,800Increase from 3 district-wide technology teacher trainers to one at each site to help make up for the loss of the district Teacher Technology Specialist (above line item)
Special Education teacher training stipends  $5,000Stipends to train district special education teachers on new state documentation system
Textbook purchases$350,000 The district did not adopt textbooks last year, but needs to resume the textbook adoption cycle; science is up and has not received new books for 9 years; elementary schools will refurbish FOSS science kits and receive one new kit per grade level while all secondary science textbooks will be replaced, along with a few business education texts; an additional $150,000 in accumulated 2012 bond curriculum funds beyond this $350,000 is also being spent; the state only provides $55/student for textbooks and that money is no longer dedicated to that purpose (last year the district diverted some of it, so that makes the restoration of it show as an expense this year)
Secondary ELD curriculum $5,500Additional items to support the expansion of English Language Development support in the district
Psychologist/SLP Tech budget$13,384 Ongoing plan to steadily update outdated psychometric testing materials
Insurance coverages $20,000Reflects annual change in insurance rates
Miscellaneous $3,649Accumulation of various low-cost items

I have been personally involved in district budget development for 20 years. I've seen better years but I've also seen much worse. Unfortunately, I do not expect things to improve next year. Voters have returned to state government many legislators and a governor who presided over the largest percentage cuts in education funding of any state in the nation. Their rhetoric about supporting schools is as empty as the state coffers they drained with foolish and destructive cuts in the income tax rates. It would not surprise me if we are forced to conduct a work stoppage in the coming years like the one we mounted to support the HB 1017 education reform law back in 1990. Our legislature and governor have dismantled many of the improvements of HB 1017, and teachers and parents must band together to demand change.

May 2015 BEA Line

posted May 5, 2015, 7:07 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 5, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

The May 2015 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.

Words from the Prez, May 2015

posted May 5, 2015, 7:03 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 5, 2015, 7:03 AM ]

I can’t believe that it is already May! Soon school will be out for the summer and it will be time to take a relaxing break.

It is with mixed feelings that I write my last letter as the President of the Bartlesville Education Association. I am so proud and privileged to have served as your president for the last two years, and humbled that we have so many members that are willing to step up and help out when help is needed.

Last week, myself and three other BEA members, attended the delegate assembly in MidWest City. Something happened that to my knowledge has never happened before at a delegate
assembly. The state superintendent of public education, Joy Hofmeister, spoke to the delegates of the Oklahoma Education Association. She was upbeat, supportive and seemed to understand what Oklahoma educators need to be successful in the classroom. She is trying to do away with EOI’s and other state testing. Listening to her speech gave me hope that someone is actually listening to educators and not turning their backs on us.

Again, I am so blessed and fortunate to work with the wonderful educators in our district and to have been able to serve as your president for three terms. Have a great May and a
wonderful summer break!

Kelli Bryant
BEA President

April 2015 BEA Line Newsletter

posted Apr 16, 2015, 5:50 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 5:50 AM ]

The April 2015 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.

Words from the Prez, April 2015

posted Apr 16, 2015, 5:48 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 5:49 AM ]

April is here and what an action packed month! It is filled with testing, testing, and more testing. Of course with testing comes lots of stress. Do your best to relax, take some time to do something just for you, and enjoy the remainder of the school year. All the students in the district are well-prepared for testing and our district is filled with teachers who spend time, much of it our own time, to make sure that every student in the district is reaching his or her potential.

This year at the OEA Delegate Assembly the Bartlesville Education Association will receive the Golden Apple Award on behalf of Judy Allen for the work that she so diligently does on the BEA Line.

The job fair will be held on April 25th at the Bartlesville High School Fine Arts Center. This is a great opportunity for potential employees to hear the benefits of joining our professional association. I will be sending out a sign-up sheet this week through the email and I hope that you can help our association. Due to the Delegate Assembly many of our officers are unable to help, so we need any member who has some free time to fill in and help serve our

Kelli Bryant, BEA President

March 2015 BEA Line Newsletter

posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:54 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 8:54 AM ]

The March 2015 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached at the bottom of this post.

Words from the Prez, March 2015

posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:52 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 8:52 AM ]

Can you believe that it is already March? This winter has flown by and it has been such an unusually warm winter. With spring comes the end of school activities and planning for the next year. We are looking forward to gathering ideas for next year’s negotiations team. If
you have any ideas please email me and let me, Granger Meador or any officer know your thoughts or concerns.

There are many educational bills that are in legislative session. These bills have a direct impact on our students’ educations and our jobs. Please stay informed and contact your local legislator to give your opinion. To see the current status of bills that have to do with education follow this link and use your BEA/OEA membership card to register
and then login. Be sure to email your representatives from your home email, be professional and courteous, but voice your opinion about how these bills will affect education and teacher morale. 

Also, if you want your voice to be heard in person, you may use your personal day to attend the educational rally on March 30. 

The last item I want to address is the fact that we are having a hard time getting members to get involved in our association.  I have served as president for three terms, not because I did an amazingly fabulous job, but because no one wanted to step in and be an officer. There are many reasons that people don’t want to serve. The reasons range from, not knowing about BEA or what we do, not enough time, or I don’t want to get involved. While all of these are very valid reasons, it makes me think back in history to what our country would be like if our forefathers such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln had used those words. We are only as strong as our membership or the involvement of our members. Please consider coming to our monthly meetings or some of the special events that we have for our members.

I hope you have a wonderful and restful spring break!

Kelli Bryant
BEA President

Big Changes Pending in TLE

posted Feb 19, 2015, 10:42 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 2:14 PM by Granger Meador ]

By Granger Meador, Chief Negotiator, Bartlesville Education Association

UPDATE: The state board of education voted on 2/26/2015 to POSTPONE for this school year, but not yet eliminate, the use of SLO/SOOs for non-tested subjects and the mandated menu of allowable OAM selections while alternatives are being studied. Postponing or eliminating OAMs will require amending existing law. The Tulsa World provided some more details on the meeting.
LOCALLY this means that Bartlesville Public Schools has SUSPENDED all work on SLO/SOOs. However, since OAMs are still required by existing state law, the district is maintaining its database of OAM selections while hoping that legislation to postpone or eliminate them is approved in a timely manner: before teachers invest the time in collecting data such as student surveys.

In a most welcome development, the Teacher/Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Commission has unanimously recommended sweeping changes in the TLE appraisal system. (Bartlesville's Senator Ford, the chair of the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Commission, actively helped craft the recommendation language. But he declined to vote on the final recommendation to the State Board of Education; see below.)

The recommendation calls for scrapping Other Academic Measures (OAMs) and Student Learning/Outcome Objectives (SLO/SOOs). While it calls for retaining Value Added Measures (VAMs), the recommendation takes much of the potential sting out of their use, since it calls for eliminating TLE composite scores which would combine qualitative and quantitative scores, while also saying local school board policies (and bargaining agreements, unless specifically excluded in legislation), not statewide rules, should define how qualitative and available quantitative measures would be used for determining career teacher status and mandatory firings.

Who's to blame?

These positive changes appear to have the full support of Superintendent Hofmeister and to be driven by Tulsa's Jana Burk, who leads the TLE office in Tulsa Public Schools. They are an obvious drive to restore more local control in teacher appraisals after the state usurped most of that control when it changed Oklahoma's appraisal laws in a vain attempt to capture some of the Obama administration's Race to the Top funding, which mandated ill-advised test-based teacher appraisals.

The legislature should be faulted for its repeated meddling in and bungling of state education policy. But the greatest blame for the SLO/SOO fiasco attaches to the State Department of Education under the discredited leadership of former State Superintendent Janet Barresi, and to the existing State Board of Education, which mandated SLO/SOO without a recommendation to do so from the TLE Commission and without a research base to justify the use of such measures in teacher evaluations. These types of objectives and tests are certainly appropriate for the formative assessments used by Data Teams and Professional Learning Communities, but have not been shown to be an effective part of teacher appraisal.
Don't count your chickens yet...
HOWEVER, many of the recommendations would require an amendatory law make it through the legislative process. Senator Ford, a key player in that, declined to vote for or against the final recommendations, saying that he did not want to vote no on the recommendations, but also is not clear on the end results of the legislative process to amend TLE. He said he will be working with many different parties to amend TLE, and he did make it clear that he:
  • Supports a two-year delay in the quantitative component
  • Wants TLE to be reflective and not combative
  • Feels the qualitative component is well accepted while the quantitative component is not
  • Wants the quantitative component to be significantly redesigned so that it can be better accepted, although he recognizes that its very nature makes it unlikely to ever be as well accepted as the qualitative component
So bear in mind that all of the recommended changes may well not make it through in their current form, although it appears certain that significant changes will occur. Senator Ford's SB 706 currently differs from the recommendation in marked ways, but he indicated he will be visiting with various parties to further craft the bill's language, and a companion bill will be introduced in the House.

So which quantitative measures are endorsed by the Commission?
The Commission recommends having separate quantitative scores only when a high-quality measure is available.  The Commission is following Ms. Burk's lead in considering VAMs to be high-quality, but labels the menu of OAM choices as poor-quality with little validity and accepts that while research supports the use of SLO/SOOs in formative assessments (e.g. for use in data teams), there is no strong research base supporting the use of them in teacher evaluations. 

Standardized Tests
The Commission also calls for study of other higher-quality measures, with Tulsa's TLE coordinator promoting that district's use of student surveys from Tripod. However, those surveys were the subject of considerable controversy this year.
Tulsa's TLE leader also noted that while a 5-point scale is appropriate for qualitative ratings, Tulsa's research showed only a 3-point scale (below average, average, and above average) was appropriate for quantitative ratings, and they avoid a composite score, instead having evaluators consider multiple separate scores when data is available. 

So far the Commission only says it plans to 'recommend', not mandate, such alternate measures. As your Chief Negotiator, if the Commission does eventually recommend the very expensive and controversial Tripod surveys now being used in Tulsa, I would not support their use in our district.

SLO/SOOs could be eliminated as soon as next week

Bartlesville Suspends SLO/SOO Process

Bartlesville principals and supervisors are being asked to SUSPEND their SLO/SOO review process until further notice.  If SLO/SOOs are to be scrapped and not merely delayed, then we see no value in continuing the rushed and burdensome implementation forced upon us by the Barresi-era State Department of Education. If SLO/SOOs survive the state board meeting, then we'll resume a streamlined approval process we have just put into place.
While most of the recommended changes will require an amendatory law make it through the legislative process, SLO/SOOs are another matter.

The audio record of the meeting revealed that the TLE Commission never recommended the use of SLO/SOOs to the State Board of Education; that requirement did not come from them or from state law, but was imposed by the State Board of Education, and the Commission members were unclear on whether or not the state board knew that the TLE Commission never voted to recommend SLO/SOOs.

So Superintendent Hofmeister plans to ask the State Board of Education, at its 2/26/2015 meeting, to scrap SLO/SOOs. So we might soon be able to forget about that onerous mandate, with OAMs living on until hopefully a state law is passed to get rid of them as well. Bartlesville teachers, in a good faith effort to comply with state law, will then have wasted considerable time and energy on SLO/SOOs. Shame on the state's policy leaders for yet again foisting off on us yet another unfunded mandate, based more on politics than sound research.

It appears certain that the quantitative component of TLE will not be fully implemented until 2017-2018, but what precise form that component will take is now up in the air, with a Commission recommendation that may or may not be fully reflected in the necessary legislation. 

Below is the press release on this matter from the State Department of Education:

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 19, 2015) — The Teacher & Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Commission today voted unanimously to approve several recommended changes in an effort to have a more valid and reliable framework for teacher and leader evaluation.

Key recommendations include delaying implementation of TLE’s quantitative component for two years and eliminating the SLOs (Student Learning Objectives) / SOOs (Student Outcome Objectives) as a proxy for Value-Added Models (VAMs).

The proposal to delay the quantitative component is in legislation authored by state Sen. John Ford, who chairs the Senate Education Committee and is on the 11-member TLE Commission.

“This marks the first of several steps to ensure Oklahoma’s TLE framework is built on strong research and reliable measures,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “Our focus is on professional development for teachers and leaders that translate into greater results for children.”

The full recommendations passed include:
  • Report quantitative measures, as available, to teachers and leaders for information purposes only until 2016-2017. Begin using quantitative measures for evaluation purposes, as available, beginning 2017-2018.
  • Keep five-tier rating system of qualitative.
  • Allow for separate reporting of multiple measures — no composite score or weight system required.
  • Keep high-quality quantitative measures
    • Keep value-added, where available
    • Eliminate OAMs (Other Academic Measures) and develop alternatives that will be recommended to local school districts that are reliable, research-based and an actionable measure correlated to growth in student achievement or engagement.
  • Allow school districts the ability to define in their board policies, using qualitative and quantitative measures as available, when/how a teacher is deemed “effective” for purposes of automatic career status, or “ineffective/needs improvement” for mandatory exiting purposes.
  • Eliminate OAM menu and SLOs/SOOs and study alternatives. (State Board of Education policy)

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