More than anybody, we want to get this evaluation system right. It’s been in process for two years. It was started by the Bredesen administration and passed by the General Assembly. We think it’s really, really important if we’re going to see fruit from all of the reform that we do this in the right way. We don’t feel like legislative changes are the right approach this year. We think it’s important to get an independent third party to come in with experienced educators leading the effort who can evaluate it, listen to everybody involved and talk about what impacts it’s having.
The evaluation system has drawn so many complaints from teachers and principals that even the New York Times took notice in this scathing article.