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New school and teacher evaluations explained at East Penn School Board meeting

By Olivia Albright, Assignment Editor / Web Producer, OAlbright@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 26 2013 10:24:30 PM CDT
EMMAUS, Pa. -

The Superintendent of East Penn schools, Dr. Thomas L. Seidenberger, explained to the school board the new federal and state teacher evaluation standards at Monday night’s board of school directors meeting.

The former Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurements have been replaced by the Educator Effectiveness Model to determine the quality of pubic schools and their teachers. Pennsylvania’s Act 82 of 2012 implemented new evaluation standards for teachers which will be employed this year.

Dr. Seidenberger broke down the various aspects of the teacher evaluations into percentages. Half of a teacher’s score will be based on classroom observation. The other half of the scores will come from student performance standards.

School ratings will be formulated on a 100 point scale to represent the overall academic quality of each school in Pennsylvania. These ratings will take into consideration indications of academic growth, signs of closing the achievement gap, graduation rates, attendance rates, AP course offerings, and PSSA and SAT scores.

After Dr. Seidenberger’s presentation, the board voted to accept new appointments within the school district, including a new assistant principal for Emmaus High School. Mark Covelle is now the new assistant principal at Emmaus High School after holding the same position in the Southern Lehigh school district for the past four years.