Student success may affect teachers' grades

Test scores will likely play a larger role in a new appraisal system for HISD educators. And the district's largest teachers group is threatening a possible challenge.

About 99 percent of teachers in the Houston school district receive satisfactory job evaluations, with their students’ academic success barely playing a factor.

That’s likely to change next year. Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier and the school board are developing a new appraisal system for the district’s 13,000 teachers. The process will affect who’s promoted and fired, as well as the training teachers receive.

The nitty-gritty of evaluations might seem incidental, but the topic has become a cornerstone of public education reform, with President Barack Obama calling on schools to hold teachers more accountable for their students’ performance.

Ann Best, the Houston Independent School District’s chief human resources officer, acknowledged that teachers are nervous about the changes, but she said they, along with parents and administrators, are represented on committees developing the new criteria.

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November 8th, 2010

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