Teacher of the Year Recognized
Elaine Hutchison, the 2013 Teacher of the Year, was recognized at the State Board of Education's regular monthly meeting Thursday. Hutchison is an Algebra II, trigonometry, pre-calculus andAP calculus teacher at Fairview High School and Chamberlain Middle School in the Fairview School District and at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics RegionalCenter. She was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent Janet Barresi during a ceremony Sept. 18 at the Oklahoma State Fair. At Thursday's board meeting, Superintendent Barresi presented Hutchison with a proclamation. Also given proclamations were Fairview Schools Superintendent Rocky Burchfield and Fairview High School Principal Brian Hamar.
A-F School Report Card Update
The State Board of Education in its regular monthly meeting Thursday heard an update on A-F School Report Card data verifications. Maridyth McBee, Assistant State Superintendent of Accountability and Assessments, told the board her department released draft report card data to school districts on Aug. 27, starting a 30-day review process. During the review window, districts have the opportunity to submit data verification forms asking for corrections or clarifications of the data used to calculate their A-F report cards. McBee said her department has received 639 data verification forms from 315 schools. The majority of the verification requests, 59 percent, were about advanced course work, 18 percent of the requests were about school climate surveys, 11 percent were about parental involvement surveys, 5 percent were about student demographics, and 4 percent were about attendance. Sept. 28 is the last day for districts to make data verification requests. McBee said her staff will address each request before grades are publicly released Oct. 8.
TLE Commission Recommendations Detailed
Executive Director of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, Alicia Currin-Moore, reported to the board details from the Sept. 18 TLE Commission meeting. The Commission made preliminary recommendations regarding the definition of other academic measures for teachers and for leaders, she said. Other academic measures apply to all teachers and leaders and account for 15% of the total evaluation score. Currin-Moore said the commission must now come back to make final determinations before they bring their recommendations to the State Board of Education for final approval. The TLE Commission meets next from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17.