Educator changes coming in school year 2014-15

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Department of Education, News Release

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing several major changes to the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) to take effect in the upcoming school year.

The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reducing the burden on teachers and administrators.

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Changes are designed to simplify the EES, streamline its components and differentiate the approach for teachers based on need.

Last fall, an EES joint committee was developed specifically to review the EES. The committee includes the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), teachers, principals, administrators, technical experts and complex area and state staff, who met regularly throughout the past school year.

The joint committee met with DOE leaders last week and the board of directors of the Hawaii Government Association (HGEA) to review proposed changes to the EES, which were sent to Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, June 6.

“The department will continue to collaborate with educators to further improve the EES. These changes are just the beginning to refining this system and, ultimately, elevating student achievement,” said Matayoshi. “We appreciate the work of the joint committee and all of the feedback from our principals and teachers to guide us on what best practices work in our schools. We will continue to convene feedback groups and plan a formal review and feedback process for the following school year.”

“The HSTA is pleased that the DOE has committed to improve the EES,” said HSTA president Wil Okabe. “The EES joint committee of HSTA and DOE members have collaboratively worked together throughout this process to assess the system and provide the superintendent with recommendations that reflect input and concerns from all stakeholders.

“Our goal is to make sure that every child in Hawaii has access to great public schools and teachers,” Okabe continued. “We look forward to continuing to work with the DOE to improve an evaluation system that improves the practice of teaching and student learning to produce real results.”

The EES began in the school year 2011-12 as a pilot in 18 schools, and then expanded to 81 schools in the 2012-13 school year. As the EES was implemented in schools, the department solicited feedback from a variety of sources developed specifically for EES feedback.

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